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School’s In: Federalism and the National Education Agenda

reviewed by Lorraine M. McDonnell - November 09, 2006

coverTitle: School’s In: Federalism and the National Education Agenda
Author(s): Paul Manna
Publisher: Georgetown University Press, Washington, DC
ISBN: 1589010906 , Pages: 209, Year: 2006
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Although the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation may pose significant implementation challenges for many educators, the spate of recent books on the topic suggests that it represents a promising new research opportunity for politics of education scholars. They have analyzed NCLB through different lenses focusing, for example, on the shifting interest group environment and its effect on the substance of federal education policy (DeBray, 2006); NCLB as a revolutionary expansion of the federal role (McGuinn, 2006); and NCLB’s likely impact from the perspective of school principals (Abernathy, 2007). Paul Manna’s book, School’s In, examines federal education policy and the emergence of NCLB using federalism as the lens. In doing so, Manna seeks to distinguish his work from other accounts of NCLB by presenting a conceptual model that extends beyond this specific case to help explain how the U.S. federal system creates opportunities for policymakers to advance their agendas... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 09, 2006
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12833, Date Accessed: 4/10/2021 2:14:48 PM

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  • Lorraine McDonnell
    University of California, Santa Barbara
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    LORRAINE M. MCDONNELL is a professor of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her book Politics, Persuasion, and Educational Testing (Harvard University Press, 2004) examines the value controversies that surrounded curriculum and assessment policies in the 1990s. Her current research focuses on how differing participatory norms and decision-making rules in the multiple venues governing public education shape its politics and policies.
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