ERIC Number: ED479366
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr-21
Reference Count: N/A
Implementing a Major Educational Reform. No Child Left Behind and Federal-State Relationships: First Impressions.
Sunderman, Gail L.
This paper focuses on the status of federal-state relationships during the first year of implementing the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). It begins with a discussion of the literature on federal-state relations and the role of the federal government in that system. It then compares NCLB to its predecessor, pointing out where the two laws diverge and how they differ in enforcement mechanisms. In the third section, the paper explores the Bush administrations concept of federalism and the factors that are guiding its decisions in education. The fourth section analyzes how federal and state policies interact, focusing on how they conflict or reinforce each other. The paper concludes with a discussion of the implications for the future of NCLB and suggestions for future research. The NCLB has required many changes that states may not be prepared to implement. States may not have the assessments they need or the data management systems in place to handle the data requirements. To implement the changes required by the NCLB will require political support from state and local officials, coordination and cooperation across all levels of government, local buy-in, and professional and technical expertise to interpret, administer, and manage the new programs and data systems. However, the political support and professional expertise needed to carry out these requirements varies widely across the states. (Contains 4 tables and 34 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001