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Heller, Rafael – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
"Kappan"'s editor talks with Michigan State University's Sarah Reckhow about her research into the ways wealthy private philanthropies have influenced K-12 education in recent years. As Reckhow explains, not only have Gates, Broad, Walton, and other big foundations spent unprecedented amounts of money to support their favored reform…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Private Financial Support, Philanthropic Foundations, Elementary Secondary Education
Jennings, Jack – Phi Delta Kappan, 2015
The author draws on his extensive experience helping lead Congress's education efforts and later a highly respected education research concern to propose a new approach to federal education policy that expands and transforms the federal role. This new approach would significantly expand federal aid to schools that is not restricted to particular…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Public Education, Elementary Secondary Education
Jennings, Jack – Phi Delta Kappan, 2011
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act will be coming up for reauthorization amid a number of contentious issues, and debates over these issues are likely to more heated leading up to the 2012 elections. If ESEA is to be renewed, the President must make it a high priority, Republicans will need to work with Democrats, and national education…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Policy Formation
Manna, Paul – Phi Delta Kappan, 2009
Uncle Sam has expanded his reach into the nation's schools during the last five decades. Those forays frequently have been motivated by concerns over equity and a growing interest in promoting academic excellence. An overall working assumption has been that federal prodding and assistance could help encourage states and localities to better meet…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, School Districts, Academic Achievement
Houston, Paul D. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2007
For five years the major school reform agenda in America has been the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, which was part of the most recent reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Now ESEA is up for another reauthorization by Congress, and everyone is wondering what is going to happen next. One could argue that there is…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, School Restructuring, Educational Change
Packer, Joel – Phi Delta Kappan, 2007
A complex federal law that has been on the books since 1965--upon which are based numerous beneficial programs that provide funding to the nation's education system through a range of complex mechanisms--cannot easily be cast aside as the Educator Roundtable recommends. This article discusses the decision by the National Education Association…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Change, Public Education
McKim, Brent – Phi Delta Kappan, 2007
The federal journey into public education has followed a long and winding road. Most educators know that the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act is simply the latest version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which dates all the way back to 1965. In the years since its initial passage, the ESEA road has taken a number of…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Role of Education, Educational Change