ERIC Number: ED322603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Public Education: Who's In Charge?
Burke, Fred G.
Difficulties in the formulation and implementation of a uniform national educational policy are analyzed in this book. A review of American educational history concludes that alternative policy processes must be considered if the nation is to develop public policies capable of addressing a national education crisis. Obstacles to a centralized educational policy are domination of the educational system by an established educational and academic community oriented to local control, and the evolution of a nonpublic, or "para-private," process that influences policy decisions. An alternative policy formation process is advocated that expands the role of the federal government in developing a national youth policy while maintaining the involvement of educational and other professionals, the local community, parents, and state governments. The table of contents is as follows: "A Nation at Risk"; "Federal Role in Perspective"; "A Para-Private Policy Process"; "A Generation at Risk"; "Reform Strategies and Policies"; "A National Public Policy Process"; and "A National Youth Policy." A selected bibliography and index are included. (LMI)
Descriptors: Centralization, Educational History, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, Federal Government, Federal State Relationship, Government Role, Government School Relationship, High Risk Students, Policy Formation, Politics of Education, Public Education, Public Policy, School Choice, School Restructuring, Teacher Role
Praeger Publishers, One Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010 ($37.95).
Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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