The federal government is deeply entrenched in American public education and virtually dictates what can be taught to students. Why? At what cost? And what are the benefits to public school students? To public schools? The author challenges the constitutionality of the feds in the classroom and reminds readers that public education has, until recently, been the function of state and local governments.
Neal P. McCluskey is a policy analyst with Cato Institute's Center for Educational Freedom. Prior to arriving at Cato, McCluskey served in the United States Army, taught high school English, and was a freelance reporter covering municipal government and education in suburban New Jersey. More recently, he was a policy analyst at the Center for Education Reform.
Chapter 1 From the First Settlers to the Fifties: Going From Freedom to the Feds Chapter 2 Rise of the Feds: From the Great Society to Y2K Chapter 3 "No Child Left Behind": The Feds Triumphant Chapter 4 The Reckoning: A Report Card for the Feds Chapter 5 Enforce the Constitution: Make No Federal Policy Chapter 6 How the Judiciary Found the Federal Role Chapter 7 No G-Men Need Apply Chapter 8 Out of the Jaws: A Broad Roadmap for Reform