ERIC Number: EJ759480
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-13
Reference Count: N/A
40 Years after ESEA, Federal Role in Schools Is Broader than Ever
Robelen, Erik W.
Education Week, v24 n31 p1, 42 Apr 2005
This article reports on what has become of the federal schools legislation President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law 40 years ago. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) has been amended and rewritten many times since April 11, 1965, the day Mr. Johnson stood before the former one-room schoolhouse in Stonewall, Texas, he once attended to make it the law of the land. In many ways, the middle-aged law barely resembles the infant born in the heyday of 1960s idealism. The statute is much fatter now, covering far more programs. The federal government, under Congress' 2001 reauthorization of the ESEA that is better known as the No Child Left Behind Act, has attached a lot more demands in return for federal aid, demands that focus on testing students and holding schools accountable for their academic progress. The core mission espoused in the 1965 statute--helping disadvantaged students improve academically through the cornerstone Title I program--holds true. Conceived as part of President Johnson's War on Poverty, the original statute was focused primarily on delivering federal aid to help level the educational playing field for poor and minority children.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Government, Federal Aid, Government School Relationship, Government Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001