Education Policy: Research: Bibliographies:

General Works

The publications in this brief bibliography are a starting point: they introduce new researchers to various facets of the topic, with emphasis on the role of states, and to some of the principal authors and publications. This is one section of a Selected Bibliography of Publications on Education Policy.

Included in this section are works on the history of education in general, school reform, methodology, the federal role in education, and intergovernmental structure and policy.

* Items with an asterisk represent together a basic introduction to this topic.

*Allen, Hollis P. The Federal Government and Education [1785-1950]: The Original and Complete Study of Education for the Hoover Commission Task Force on Public Welfare. New York: McGraw Hill, 1950.

Ambach, Gordon M. "The Essential Federal Role." in Voices From the Field: 30 Expert Opinions on America 2000, The Bush Administration Strategy to "Reinvent" America's Schools. Gordon M. Ambach, and others. Washington, DC: William T. Grant Foundation, 1991.

Berman, Paul, and Milbrey McLaughlin. "Federal Support for Improved Educational Practice." in The Federal Interest in Financing Schooling. ed. Michael Timpane, Cambridge, MA: Ballinger, 1978.

Birman, B., and Alan L. Ginsburg. "The Federal Role in Elementary and Secondary Education: New Directions and Continuing Concerns." The Urban Lawyer 14, no. 3 (1982): 472-500.

Brademas, John, and Lynne P. Brown. The Politics of Education: Conflict and Consensus on Capitol Hill. Norman, OK: Oklahoma University Press, 1987. Notes: Julian J. Rothbaum Distinguished Lecture Series.

Center on Education Policy. A Brief History of the Federal Role in Education: Why It Began and Why It's Still Needed. Washington, DC: Center on Education Policy, 2000?

Chadima, Steven. Elementary, Secondary and Vocational Education: An Examination of Alternate Federal Roles. Washington, DC: United States Congressional Budget Office, 1977.

Cohen, David K. and Susan L. Moffitt. The Ordeal of Equality: Did Federal Regulations Fix the Schools? Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009.

Congressional Conference Committee Reports. Available in the Congressional Record and Library of Congress Thomas (104th Congress forward) website.

*Congressional Quarterly Service. Education for a Nation. 2nd ed. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Service, 1972.

*———. Federal Role in Education. 2nd ed. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Service, 1967.

*Congressional Research Service. Congressional Research Service Reports. Washington: Library of Congress.

*Cross, Christopher T. Political Education: National Policy Comes of Age. New York: Teachers College Press, 2004.

DeBray-Pelot, Elizabeth and Patrick McGuinn. "The New Politics of Education: Analyzing the Federal Education Policy Landscape in the Post-NCLB Era." Educational Policy 23, no. 1 (2009): 15-42.

Elmore, Richard F., and Milbrey Wallin McLaughlin. Steady Work: Policy, Practice, and the Reform of American Education. Santa Monica, CA: The Rand Corporation, 1988.

Federal Interagency Committee on Education (FICE). Toward a Comprehensive Federal Education Policy. Washington, DC: Federal Interagency Committee on Education, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, 1977-1978.

*Gaither, Milton. American Educational History Revisited: A Critique of Progress. New York: Teachers College Press, 2003.

Gordon, David T., ed. A Nation Reformed? American Education 20 Years After A Nation At Risk. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 2003.

———. "The Transformation of Federal Education Policy." in Exploring the Johnson Years. ed. Robert A. Devine, Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1981.

*Graham, Hugh Davis. The Uncertain Triumph: Federal Education Policy in the Kennedy and Johnson Years. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1984.

Green, Edith. Federal Government and Education: A Report on the Study of Education Programs in Which the Federal Government Is Involved. Washington, DC: House of Representatives, 1963.

Halperin, Samuel. Essays on Federal Education Policy. Washington, DC: Institute for Educational Leadership, George Washington University, 1975.

*Halperin, Samuel, and George R. Kaplan, eds. Federalism at the Crossroads: Improving Educational Policymaking. Washington, DC: Institute for Educational Leadership, George Washington University, 1976.

Jennings, Jack, ed. The Future of the Federal Role in Elementary and Secondary Education. Washington, DC: Center on Education Policy, 2001. Notes: a conference volume, including papers by Carl Kaestle and Margaret Goertz.

*———. National Issues in Education: The Past Is Prologue. Bloomington, IN: Phi Delta Kappa International, 1993.

Kaestle, Carl F. "Education." in Encyclopedia of the United States Congress. eds. D. C. Bacon, R. H. Davidson, and M. Keller, 682-91. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.

Kaestle, Carl and Alyssa E. Lodewick, eds. To Educate a Nation: Federal and National Strategies of School Reform. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2007.

*Kaestle, Carl F., and Marshall S. Smith. "The Federal Role in Elementary and Secondary Education, 1940-1980." Harvard Educational Review 52, no. 4 (1982): 384-408.

Keppel, Francis. "Perspectives on the Federal Role in Education." Alumni Bulletin, HGSE 32, no. 3 (1988): 1-15.

Kirst, Michael W. Politics of Education at the Local, State, and Federal Levels. Berkeley, CA: McCutchan Pub. Corp., 1970.

Levin, Betsy. The Courts As Educational Policymakers and Their Impact on Federal Programs: Prepared for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Santa Monica, CA: Rand Corporation, 1977.

Manna, Paul. "How Governance of K-12 Education Influences Policy Outputs and Student Outcomes in the United States." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, August 31 to September 3, 2006. Notes: Web page available at

———. School's In: Federalism and the National Education Agenda. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2006.

McAndrews, Lawrence J. The Era of Education: The Presidents and the Schools, 1965-2001, 2nd ed. Champaign, IL, University of Illinois Press, 2008.

McDonnell, Lorraine M. "Repositioning Politics in Education's Circle of Knowledge." Educational Researcher 38, no. 6 (2009): 417-427.

———. "The Changing Nature of Federalism in Education: A Paradox and Some Unanswered Questions." Paper prepared for The States' Impact on Federal Education Policy invitational conference, Washington, DC, May 9, 2008. Notes: A PDF version is also available.

McGuinn, Patrick J. No Child Left Behind and the Transformation of Federal Education Policy, 1965-2005. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2006.

Michael, Deanna L. Jimmy Carter as Educational Policymaker: Equal Opportunity and Efficiency. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2008.

Munger, Frank, and Richard Fenno. National Politics and Federal Aid to Education. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1962.

Nelson, Adam. The Elusive Ideal: Equal Educational Opportunity and the Federal Role in Boston's Public Schools, 1950-1985. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2005.

*Quattlebaum, Charles A. Federal Aid to Elementary and Secondary Education: An Analytic Study of the Issue, Its Background and Relevant Legislative Proposals, With a Compilation of Arguments Pro and Con, Statistical Data, and Digests of Pertinent Reports and Surveys [1919-1948]. Chicago, IL: Public Administrative Service, 1948.

Ravitch, Diane. The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, New York: Basic Books, 2010.

———. "The National Agenda in Elementary and Secondary Education." in Setting National Priorities: The 2000 Election and Beyond. eds. Henry J. Aaron, and Robert D. Reischauer, Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 1999.

*———. The Troubled Crusade: American Education 1945-1980. New York: Basic Books, 1983.

Ravitch, Diane, and Maris A. Vinovskis, eds. Learning From the Past: What History Teaches Us About School Reform. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press, 1995.

Rhodes, Jesse Hessler. "Making the Educational State: Agenda-Setting, Federal-State Regulations, and the Transformation of Educational Policymaking and Governance in the United States, 1975-2007." Ph.D. dissertation, University of Virginia, 2008. Proquest Dissertations and Theses, Accession Order No. AAT 3362880.

*Scheiber, Harry N. "Federalism and the States." in Encyclopedia of the United States in the Twentieth Century. ed. Stanley Kutler, and others, 427-50. Vol. 1. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1996.

Spring, Joel. The Politics of Education Policy. New York: Routledge, 2011.

———. The Sorting Machine Revisited: National Educational Policy Since 1945. 2nd ed. New York: Longman, 1989.

Sunderman, Gail L. "Evidence of the Impact of School Reform on Systems Governance and Educational Bureaucracies in the United States." Review of Research in Education 34, no. 1 (2010): 226-253.

Sundquist, James L. Politics and Policy: The Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson Years. Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution, 1968.

Tiedt, Sidney W. Role of the Federal Government in Education. New York: Oxford University Press, 1966.

*Wirt, Frederick M., and Michael W. Kirst. The Political Dynamics of American Education. 3rd ed. Richmond, CA: McCutchan Publishing Corporation, 2005.