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Jamnah, Donnalie; Zimmerman, Jonathan – History of Education Quarterly, 2022
Conflict over the curriculum is nothing new in American public education, which has never been insulated from the culture wars. In the past few years, conflict over the teaching of race has torn through history and social studies classrooms, inciting the most serious fight over America's past since the last "history war" in the 1990s. At…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, History Instruction, Politics of Education, Public Education
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Nations, Jennifer M. – History of Education Quarterly, 2021
The size and cost of US public higher education, funded largely by government, grew continuously for nearly twenty-five years after World War II. In the late 1960s, as the nation's economic growth slowed, the question of who should pay for higher education came under fresh political scrutiny. Decades-old no-tuition policies at the University of…
Descriptors: Tuition, Educational Finance, Politics of Education, Political Attitudes
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Goldrick-Rab, Sara; Labaree, David – History of Education Quarterly, 2021
Nearly 70 percent of American students enroll in postsecondary education immediately after graduating high school. Yet college and university completion rates remain highly disparate across social and economic groups. White students in the US are 20 percent more likely than Black and Latino students to graduate, and students from high-income…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Public Education, Community Colleges, Politics of Education
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Mills, ShaVonte' – History of Education Quarterly, 2021
This article examines Black parents' efforts to establish and secure quality education for their children in antebellum Boston, Massachusetts. It situates the African School, a Black-owned cultural institution, within Black nationalist politics and reveals how the schoolhouse became a site of political tension between Black Bostonians and the…
Descriptors: African American Education, African American Institutions, African American Students, Politics of Education
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Liu, Qing – History of Education Quarterly, 2020
While educating international students is celebrated as a means of promoting mutual understanding among nations, American higher education has always been entangled with geopolitics. This essay focuses on Tang Tsou, the Chinese scholar who came to the United States as a student in 1941, eventually becoming the nation's leading China expert and…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Political Science, Foreign Students, Educational History
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Perkins, Linda M. – History of Education Quarterly, 2020
Historically, education has often varied by curriculum, access, and stature based on location, race, gender, economic status, religion, and time period. In addition, many educational institutions and much scholarly research have been significantly impacted by private foundation support. This essay discusses the politics of knowledge as it relates…
Descriptors: Educational History, Politics of Education, Gender Bias, Racial Bias
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Steffes, Tracy L. – History of Education Quarterly, 2020
This article explores the passage and failure of the 1973 Illinois Resource Equalizer formula which was designed to reduce disparities in school finance by breaking the connection between local wealth and school revenue. It argues that two sets of goals drove passage of the new law--equity and local property tax relief--and they came into conflict…
Descriptors: Educational Equity (Finance), Funding Formulas, Taxes, School District Wealth
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Zelbo, Sian – History of Education Quarterly, 2019
When the New Orleans school board appointed E. J. Edmunds, a light-skinned Afro-Creole man, the mathematics teacher for the city's best high school in 1875, the senior students walked out rather than have a "negro" as a teacher of "white youths." Edmunds's appointment was a final, bold act by the city's mixed-race intellectual…
Descriptors: Educational History, United States History, African American Teachers, Racial Bias
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Cyna, Esther – History of Education Quarterly, 2019
Two separate school districts--a city one and a county one--operated independently in Durham, North Carolina, until the early 1990s. The two districts merged relatively late compared to other North Carolina cities, such as Raleigh and Charlotte. In Durham, residents in both the county and city systems vehemently opposed the merger until the county…
Descriptors: Educational History, State History, School Districts, Urban Schools
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Steudeman, Michael J. – History of Education Quarterly, 2018
The nineteenth-century debate about the role of the US Bureau of Education was marked by negotiations between the civic republican language of antebellum common school advocacy and a social scientific language of educational professionalism. To advance this argument, this essay traces how members of Congress defined, criticized, and delimited the…
Descriptors: Educational History, Legislators, Government Role, United States History
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Gleason, Mona – History of Education Quarterly, 2017
Using a collection of settler family letters to the Elementary Correspondence School (ECS) in British Columbia, the first provincial government--supported "schooling by mail" arrangement of its kind in Canada, I highlight the efforts of rural families to secure an education for their children in the period between the First and Second…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational History, Elementary Schools, Correspondence Schools
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Amsterdam, Daniel – History of Education Quarterly, 2017
This article reconstructs the story behind "Freeman v. Pitts" (1992), one of the main US Supreme Court cases that made it easier for school districts to terminate court desegregation orders and that, in turn, helped to propel a widely documented trend: the resegregation of southern schools. The case in part hinged on the question of…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, School Districts, School Desegregation, School Segregation
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Rasmussen, Chris – History of Education Quarterly, 2017
New Brunswick High School, which had been racially integrated for decades, became majority-minority (and soon, all minority) in the 1970s, after years of legal wrangling led hundreds of its students to depart for a new, nearly all-white high school in the adjacent suburb of North Brunswick. White suburbanites invoked "local control" to…
Descriptors: Educational History, School Desegregation, Whites, Racial Discrimination
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Bell, John Frederick – History of Education Quarterly, 2017
The college accreditation movement that arose at the turn of the twentieth century had an important antecedent in the Society for the Promotion of Collegiate and Theological Education at the West. Founded in 1843, this nondenominational philanthropy aspired to direct the development of higher education by dispersing eastern funds to Protestant…
Descriptors: Church Related Colleges, Theological Education, Philanthropic Foundations, Private Financial Support
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Graves, Karen – History of Education Quarterly, 2013
"Newsweek" ran an article on "The Homosexual Teacher" in December 1978. At the end of a tumultuous two-year period framed by Anita Bryant's anti-gay campaign in South Florida and John Briggs' proposition to bar gay and lesbian educators from working in California public schools, reporters concluded, "Most homosexual…
Descriptors: Homosexuality, Teaching (Occupation), Social Status, Social Behavior
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