ERIC Number: ED440442
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
The "Loyal Opposition" and the Future of British and US School Reform. Publication Series No. 19.
Boyd, William Lowe
This paper discusses trends in British and U.S. school reform and compares government support of education by the "loyal opposition" of both countries. Between 1980 and 1995, school reform policies in the United States generally enjoyed broad, bipartisan support. The same, however, cannot be said in Britain where ideological differences between the Tory and Labor Parties made reform efforts highly controversial, eventually culminating in the newly elected Labor government's acceptance of the "Education Reform Act of 1988." On the other hand, change in U.S. educational policy did not begin until after the November 1994 U.S. election, when right-wing Republicans gained control of both houses of Congress. Thereafter, 15 years of bipartisanship education policy suddenly evaporated. President Clinton's "Goals 2000: Educate America Act" came under attack even though many agreed it held the most promise for substantial improvement of U.S. education. When compared to the UK, the United States is more likely to see change in its education policy as a result of the "loyal opposition" gaining power. (Contains 29 references.) (DFR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mid-Atlantic Lab. for Student Success, Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Reform Act 1988 (England); Goals 2000