Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Congress, We've Got Ideas for You!

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Congress, We've Got Ideas for You!

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2009 was already going to be a big year for education because of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Then Congress passed and President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), legislation that is likely to impact public education more than ESEA reauthorization in the short term.

This confluence of events--a new President, a new Secretary of Education, a shift in the makeup of Congress, the reauthorization, new money for education--makes this an opportune time to pause and consider the federal role in U.S. education.

The Center on Education Policy (CEP) in Washington, D.C., recognized the significance of this juncture and well before the election invited a group of scholars to explore the effects of various programs and initiatives and to make recommendations for the future. We invited several of the same authors to summarize their papers for Kappan. In addition, we invited several others to write on ideas not addressed by the CEP articles.

Taken together, these seven articles point us in a new direction for the federal role in K-12 education.

Kappan is not endorsing these recommendations but sharing them in the hope that our members and readers will find in them ideas that you believe can make a difference in your schools and your students--or ideas that you believe are completely wrong for U. …

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