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ERIC Number: EJ763339
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1539-9664
Donkey in Disguise: Jack Jennings and the Center on Education Policy
Forster, Greg
Education Next, v6 n3 p77-81 Sum 2006
With the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the proliferation of high school exit exams, the success of school choice initiatives, and a dozen other smaller if more bitter battles, education has become one of the hottest policy topics in Washington. That means there is a booming market for education experts, especially those who claim to speak with the disinterested voice of reason among the gaggle of partisan squawkers and interest groups. This article profiles Jack Jennings, a one-time king of Capitol Hill education policy and now head of the Center on Education Policy (CEP), the organization he founded in 1995, is one such expert. Jennings and the CEP provide research and expert opinion on a variety of education issues. Jennings is one of the mainstream presses favorite go-to guys on education. He and the CEP appear frequently in the "New York Times" and the "Washington Post" commenting on education issues and are variously described as "nonpartisan." The media seems to see Jennings and the CEP as the voices of education research and reason, an enviable position at a time when nonpartisans are hard to come by. Jennings uses this highly desirable media perch to promote findings that he says are the result of empirical research conducted by the CEP.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001