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"In reader-friendly prose notable for its telling detail, McGuinn sketches the landscape, the actors, and the agendas that took America from 'A Nation sat Risk' to the world of No Child Left Behind. This is a must-read for those who would understand the federal role in school improvement and the road that lies ahead." --Frederick M. Hess, Director, Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

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"In reader-friendly prose notable for its telling detail, McGuinn sketches the landscape, the actors, and the agendas that took America from 'A Nation at Risk' to the world of No Child Left Behind. This is a must-read for those who would understand the federal role in school improvement and the road that lies ahead."--Frederick M. Hess, Director, Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

"Must reading for anyone interested in the historical origins and recent political developments regarding No Child Left Behind."--Maris A. Vinovskis, author of History and Educational Policymaking

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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Government & Public Policy
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas; 35875th edition (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700614435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700614431
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ross E. Mitchell on January 11, 2007
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McGuinn's review of federal education policy and politics since Johnson's presidency is outstanding. His interview data dramatically enrich our understanding of the transformation of sentiment in the U.S. Congress since the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). For readers who like to know what people were thinking about the role of the federal government in K-12 education, when they were thinking it, and how they acted in response to those ideas and proposals, McGuinn's study is essential reading.

At the same time, McGuinn's book is really about ESEA and its reauthorizations (the last of which is the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 [NCLB]), not all of federal education policy. Inadequate attention is given to the politics and policy development of the other dramatic federal influence in K-12 schooling, namely, the Education for All Handicapped Children's Act of 1975 (Public Law 94-142), now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA; recently reauthorized as the Individual with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, but frequently abbreviated as IDEA '04 and still referred to as IDEA). If you have an interest in IDEA politics and policy, Tiina Itkonen, who is a professor at the California State University, Channel Islands campus, has a book forthcoming (derived from her doctoral dissertation, "Stories of Hope and Decline: Interest Groups and the Making of National Special Education Policy"), which is sure to be seen as a profound contribution to the field.

The idea of regime change, which is the theoretical perspective adopted by McGuinn, is a good one.
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a extremely detailed account in the political process that eventually led to the No Child Left Behind. On the basis of Baumgartner and Johns' punctuated equilibrium theory, McGuinn, the author, developed his own - the policy regime theory which stressed the importance of high public attention on an issue/ election and bipartisanship. Good theory, but sometimes it can be a bit redundant... I skipped a lot of examples and quotation since I value theory more than historical facts.
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As a future teacher I think this was a very interesting book. It is an engaging read and gives a great rundown on the history of education. But, if I were grading this book... it gets an F! Failure, no credit, and you get to talk to the principal. I tried to follow up on some of the sources; some of them didn't exist, some were too poorly cited to be found, and (at least) one was ripped word for word from a book in the 1980s (it was cited, but written without quotations and passed off as McGuinn's own words). How much of the rest of the book was plagiarized too?! I would be embarrassed to turn something like this in to my professors.
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This book takes a fascinating look at the educational policy in the USA since 1965. If you want to know more about US education policy, you need to read this book.
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