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Jennings, Jack – Center on Education Policy, 2012
Over the past fifty years, U.S. school reform has been dominated by three major movements, aimed at promoting equity, increasing school choice, and using academic standards to leverage improvement. These reforms are equity-based reform, school choice, and standards-based reform. While all three have changed schooling in notable ways, none has…
Descriptors: Public Education, Educational Quality, Educational History, Educational Change
Jennings, Jack – Center on Education Policy, 2011
In this paper, the author asks the question, "Can Boys Succeed Later in Life if They Can't Read as Well as Girls?" He notes troubling statistics that illustrate lower performance of boys compared to girls, including performance on state reading tests, and graduation rates from both high school and college. He says that the good news is that the…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Graduation Rate, Reading Tests, Academic Achievement
Jennings, Jack – Center on Education Policy, 2011
During the 2010 election campaign, Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky demanded the dismantling of the U.S. Department of Education. "I am against any federal funding or control of education," he said. "Historically, education was funded and controlled locally" (Strauss, 2010). Another new Republican senator, Mike Lee from…
Descriptors: United States History, Federal Government, Leadership Styles, Political Attitudes
Kober, Nancy; Jennings, Jack; Peltason, Jody – Center on Education Policy, 2010
Two years ago, the Center on Education Policy (CEP), an independent nonprofit organization known for its comprehensive studies of No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and related issues, began a research-based review of the federal role. As part of this process, the authors examined an extensive body of research from a wide range of sources. They also…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Nonprofit Organizations, Federal Government
Kober, Nancy; Rentner, Diane Stark; Jennings, Jack – Center on Education Policy, 2006
Public education matters, whether one is a student, parent, teacher, volunteer, employer, employee, or taxpayer. Although an individual undoubtedly knows something about public education, he may be unaware of important facts about the U.S. education system or may be surprised to learn how things have changed in recent years. In this primer on…
Descriptors: Public Education, School Location, School Choice, Home Schooling