Education Policy: Research:

Federal Education Policymakers

Grouped by presidential administration, these snapshots summarize the broader political context in which education policy was formulated: congressional leadership, key administration officials, major education initiatives, and other details.

Links on each page connect to the collections of prominent government figures and a wealth of online resources. Please click on the time period that interests you—or, to view all the snapshots at a glance, read the 18-page PDF version.

These snapshots complement Federal Education Policy and the States, 1945-2004: A Brief Synopsis (PDF format, 83 pages), an essay that recounts the key events and issues in education policy over the past 50 years.

 

1941 - 1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt

1945 - 1945 Franklin D. Roosevelt

1945 - 1948 Harry S. Truman

1949 - 1952 Harry S. Truman

1953 - 1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower

1957 - 1960 Dwight D. Eisenhower

1961 - 1963 John F. Kennedy

1963 - 1964 Lyndon B. Johnson

1965 - 1968 Lyndon B. Johnson

1969 - 1972 Richard M. Nixon

1973 - 1974 Richard M. Nixon

1974 - 1976 Gerald R. Ford

1977 - 1980 James E. Carter

1981 - 1984 Ronald Reagan

1985 - 1988 Ronald Reagan

1989 - 1992 George H. W. Bush

1993 - 1996 William J. Clinton

1997 - 2000 William J. Clinton

2001 - 2004 George W. Bush

2005 - 2008 George W. Bush

2009 -          Barack Obama

Notes and Sources