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Building America’s Schools: The Federal Contribution

reviewed by Kevin R. Kosar - 2004

coverTitle: Building America’s Schools: The Federal Contribution
Author(s): Willis Rudy
Publisher: Associated University Presses, Cranbury, NJ
ISBN: 084534885x, Pages: 216, Year: 2003
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Willis Rudy has been a student of the history of America ’s schools and colleges for over 50 years. This, clearly, well equips him to write on the subject. Indeed, to his name Dr. Rudy has a dozen or so tomes on collegiate schooling (e.g., Rudy, 1949; 1991). Here Rudy attempts to bring off something really grand: a history of federal education policy, including both collegiate and K-12: “The present volume, it will be observed, has attempted, by reviewing the history of successive presidential policies toward education, to demonstrate how this field [education] attained its contemporary position as an essential national commitment of the government and the people of the United States” (p. 10). Rudy later adds, “These federal reactions and the critical circumstances that produced them, are the subject matter of this book” (p. 17). This is a tall and laudable order. So far as I can discern, nobody has done it. In fact, one strains to locate a... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 8, 2004, p. 1620-1623
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11302, Date Accessed: 9/28/2021 3:34:52 AM

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  • Kevin Kosar
    Library of Congress
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    KEVIN R. KOSAR is an Analyst in American National Government at the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Politics at New York University. He is the author of Failing Grades: The Federal Politics of Eduction Standards (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2005). His commentaries and writings on education policy and politics may be found at http://www.kevinrkosar.com.
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