Includes bibliographical references (pages -207) and index.
Introduction : conservatives and liberals go to school -- How the camel's nose got in the tent : historical precedents for federal aid to education -- Was it really about Sputnik? the National Defense Education Act of 1958 -- Lyndon Johnson's "billion-dollar baby" : the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 -- Civil rights and unfunded mandates : the Education for all Handicapped Children Act of 1975 -- The house that Jimmy built : the U.S. Department of Education -- Standards-based reform meets federal education policy : the Goals 2000: Educate America Act -- The No Child Left Behind Act and the federal-control threat -- Where is federal education policy taking us?
This book analyzes the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 Law, compares it ot other federal education policies of the last fifty years, and shows that No Child Left Behind is an idicator of how and why conservative and liberal ideologies are gradually transforming. This is a fascinating story about the changing direction of politics today, and it will intrigue anyone interested in the history and politics of education reform.