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ERIC Number: ED479757
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Pages: 27
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The No Child Left Behind Act and Public Preferences.
Dotterweich, Lisa; McNeal, Ramona
Less than a year after his inauguration, U.S. President George W. Bush secured passage of the No Child Left Behind Act, the cornerstone legislation of his administration. It was signed into law on January 8, 2002 and cost taxpayers $26.5 billion, the largest dollar increase ever in federal aid. No Child Left Behind is a revised version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It represents the central federal law in pre-collegiate education and mandates requirements in almost every public school in the United States. Public opinion of pre-collegiate public education in the U.S. has not been well documented by researchers, perhaps because conventional wisdom holds that public opinion has little impact on public education policy. This paper examines whether conventional wisdom represents an urban myth or a fair assessment of the relationship between public opinion and educational policy. The paper focuses on the impact of public preferences on the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act. It begins with an overview of public opinion theories and briefly examines the historical public opinion of U.S. public schools. The paper discusses the historical opinion of the U.S. public about school vouchers and, to a lesser extent, about mandated student achievement testing. It presents an overview of the provisions included in the No Child Left Behind Act. The paper concludes with an analysis of public opinion and major components of the act. Using the January 2001 CBS News Monthly Poll and multivariate analysis, it examines the relationship among demographic, attitudinal, and environmental factors and support for three provisions of the act: (1) school vouchers, (2) mandatory testing, and (3) basing federal education funds on mandatory testing results. (Contains 29 references, 1 figure, and 1 table.) (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001