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The Era of Education: The Presidents and the Schools, 1965-2001 (2nd Edition)


reviewed by John L. Rury - February 24, 2009

coverTitle: The Era of Education: The Presidents and the Schools, 1965-2001 (2nd Edition)
Author(s): Lawrence J. McAndrews
Publisher: University of Illinois Press, Urbana-Champaign
ISBN: 025207579X, Pages: 320, Year: 2008
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It has become commonplace to observe that the role of the federal government in American education has grown substantially. In particular, the advent of a national standards movement and the passage of No Child Left Behind have highlighted the significance of presidential leadership in educational reform. But like many other aspects of contemporary educational policy, this feature of recent American experience has a history, and an interesting one at that. A number of books have appeared in recent years exploring one aspect or another of the history of federal involvement in education. Lawrence McAndrews’ The Era of Education is among the most comprehensive and thorough of them, and it focuses squarely on the role of the presidency. Like many other accounts examining the rise of federal involvement in education, McAndrews’ book begins in the 1960s, with the presidency of Lyndon Johnson. It was this administration, after all, that spearheaded the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 24, 2009
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15579, Date Accessed: 7/22/2019 8:18:36 AM

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  • John Rury
    University of Kansas
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    JOHN RURY is professor of education at the University of Kansas, where his work concerns the social history of American education and related policy issues, particularly regarding urban schools. His most recent book is Education and Social Change: Contours in the History of American Schooling.
 
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