Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

Posts in category Education Policy

Why Are Farmers Telling Kids What to E...

Why Are Farmers Telling Kids What to Eat?

The law governing America’s school lunches is up for renewal this year, and the 210-page draft bill now in play took more than a year to negotiate. The final result is a mélange of provisions attempting to satisfy competing interests. When Pat Roberts, the Republican senator from Kansas who chairs the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry […]

Kill the Department of Educati...

Kill the Department of Education?

When Washington’s education bureaucracy comes under political attack, it’s common to pin responsibility for its existence on Jimmy Carter. He signed legislation to establish the Department of Education in 1979, and critics note that this imposed a new department on a country that had gotten along quite well without one for more than 200 years. […]

Joseph P. Viteritti, Stumbling Through: “How Joel Klein Reinvented the New York City Schools,” Journal of School Choice, July 2...

Joseph P. Viteritti, Stumbling Through: “How Joel Klein Reinvented the New York City Schools,” Journal of School Choice, July 2012

Joseph P. Viteritti, who served on my dissertation committee, makes the following observations: “Joel Klein was a bold leader who imposed more changes on the city schools than any chancellor or superintendent in history. His policies directed the energy and the resources of the system towards those students with the greatest needs. His team was not always the […]

Paul Manna, Collision Course: Federal Education Policy Meets State and Local Realities (CQ Press 20...

Paul Manna, Collision Course: Federal Education Policy Meets State and Local Realities (CQ Press 2011)

Over at the Federal Education Policy Hitory website, I have posted a review of Paul Manna, Collision Course: Federal Education Policy Meets State and Local Realities (Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2011). I think highly of the book, noting: “In Collision Course, Manna, a professor at William & Mary,  has judiciously considered the evidence to date […]

Diane Ravitch, The Death and Life of the Great American School System (Basic Books, 20...

Diane Ravitch, The Death and Life of the Great American School System (Basic Books, 2010)

This book arrived in spring 2010, and from the moment I saw it I knew I had to read and review it. A decade ago I was Diane’s research assistant and she served on my dissertation committee.  I learned much from her, and I long have admired her intellect and intensity, and that she made […]

Ronald Reagan and Education Pol...

Ronald Reagan and Education Policy

Available in paperback and e-book formats from the retailers below. Order an author-signed paperback ~ Peek inside the book This book is a brisk read of 42 pages (7,600 words long). Description: Ronald Reagan entered the presidency promising to return K-12 education policy back to states and localities.  Ironically, Reagan ended up both expanding and […]

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