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Jimmy Carter as Educational Policymaker: Equal Opportunity and Efficiency


reviewed by Maurice L. Berube April 07, 2009

coverTitle: Jimmy Carter as Educational Policymaker: Equal Opportunity and Efficiency
Author(s): Deanna L. Michael
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791475298, Pages: 191, Year: 2008
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Was Jimmy Carter an education President? Yes and no. On the one hand, he was responsible for creating the United States Department of Education. On the other hand, he was silent on school integration as a public official at the height of the civil rights movement. In Jimmy Carter as Educational Policymaker, Deanna L. Michael ably traces Carter’s career as an educational policymaker from sitting on the school board in Plains, Georgia to the state senate, Governership, and finally Presidency of the United States. Carter was torn between a desire for efficiency in education and the rising cry for equality. Unfortunately, Carter was not in step with the times until he became President. Michael asks the fundamental question regarding Carter’s career as an educational policymaker. “Can equal opportunity and educational efficiency be reconciled,” she asks rhetorically, “or are these goals so antithetical that the achievement of one requires substantial compromise on the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 07, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15611, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 9:55:10 PM

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  • Maurice Berube
    Old Dominion University
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    MAURICE R. BERUBE is Eminent Scholar Emeritus from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He is the author of twelve scholarly books on education including American Presidents and Education (Greenwood Press, 2000).
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