For courses in Educational Policy and Educational Leadership;
For potential and current K-12 administrators
From a leader in the field-a comprehensive text covering education policy and the policy process that encourages future educational leaders to be proactive-and gives them a firm understanding of educational policy and the important political theories upon which it is based.
While expressing the belief that it is important for today's school leaders to know how to track educational policies and to seek to influence them, Frances Fowler, a well respected authority in the field of educational policy, recognizes that most leaders have little or no background in political science or policy studies and even less experience with the state politics of education. For these future and current administrators, Professor Fowler presents essential background information about the cultural, economic, demographic, and institutional roots of educational policy. She identifies and describes the major policy actors, and gives educators in depth descriptions of each stage of the policy process, complete with numerous examples of how policy unfolds in the development of educational policy. A goal of the book is to ensure that educational leaders understand the basic political theories that underpin educational policy development. To that end, the author provides example of how to apply this knowledge in everyday practice.
Preface PART ONE: THE BACKGROUND OF EDUCATION POLICY Chapter 1: Policy-What It Is and Where It Comes From Chapter 2: Power and Education Policy Chapter 3: The Economy and Demographics Chapter 4: The Political System and Political Culture Chapter 5: Values and Ideology PART TWO: POLICY ACTORS AND THE POLICY PROCESS Chapter 6: The Major Education Policy Actors Chapter 7: Setting the Stage and Getting on It: Issue Definition and Agenda Setting Chapter 8: Getting the Words and the Money: Policy Formulation and Policy Adoption Chapter 9: Looking at Policies: Policy Instruments and Cost Effectiveness Chapter 10: Policy Implementation: Getting People to Carry Out a Policy Chapter 11: Policy Evaluation: Determining If the Policy Works Chapter 12: Education Policy in the United States: Retrospective and Prospective Glossary Appendix Useful Web Sites for Following Education Policy How to Locate Government Web Sites for Specific States References Name Index Subject Index