Shaping Education Policy is a comprehensive overview of education politics and policy, which provides conceptual guideposts for future policy development and strategies for change. Leading scholars explore the interacting social processes and the dynamics of power politics as they intersect with democratic ideals and shape school performance. Chapters cover major themes that have influenced education, including the Civil Rights Movement, federal involvement, the accountability movement, family choice, and development of nationalization and globalization. This edited collection examines how education policy in the United States has evolved over the last several decades and how the resulting policies are affecting schools and the children who attend them. This important book is a necessary resource for understanding the evolution, current status, and possibilities of educational policy and politics.

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The Plan of This Volume
ByDouglas E. Mitchell, Dorothy Shipps, Robert L. Crowson

chapter 1|20 pages

Progressivism and the Evolution of Education Policy

ByDouglas E. Mitchell

chapter 2|19 pages

Progressive Conflicts Produced Surprising Policy Changes

ByDouglas E. Mitchell

chapter 3|21 pages

Education Politics and Equity

An Altered Landscape in Efforts to Expand Educational Opportunity
ByRobert L. Crowson, Jason A. Grissom, Catherine E. Knepp

chapter 4|29 pages

Civil Rights for Individuals and Groups

ByDouglas S. Reed, Tedi K. Mitchell, Douglas E. Mitchell

chapter 5|18 pages

The Post World War II Political Economy of Education Finance

ByJames W. Guthrie, Elizabeth Ettema

chapter 6|18 pages

The Paradox of Curriculum Policy

ByLorraine M. McDonnell

chapter 7|32 pages

The Market for Schooling

ByDouglas N. Harris, John F. Witte, Jon Valant

chapter 8|25 pages

The Influence of Practice on Policy 1

ByDavid K. Cohen, Susan L. Moffitt, Kelly B. Smith

chapter 9|21 pages

Disconnect by Design

College Readiness Efforts Still Hampered by Divided K–12 and Higher Education Systems
ByMichael Kirst, Andrea Venezia

chapter 10|30 pages

The Political Influence of Philanthropic Organizations

BySarah Reckhow, Jeffrey W. Snyder

chapter 11|31 pages

The New Politics of Educational Reform

Elites, Venues, and the Reframing of Reform
ByDorothy Shipps

chapter 12|19 pages

All Together Now

The Apparent Resurgence of Locally Based Cross-Sector Collaboration
ByCarolyn J. Riehl, Jeffrey R. Henig

chapter 13|27 pages

Governance in Urban School Systems

Redrawing Institutional Boundaries
ByKenneth K. Wong, Emily M. Farris

chapter 14|32 pages

What Have We Learned About Shaping Education Policy?

ByDouglas E. Mitchell, Dorothy Shipps, Robert L. Crowson