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Carl Kaestle is university professor emeritus in the departments of education, history, and public policy at Brown University. He is also presently a resident fellow at the Spencer Foundation. Carl has been the director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, the president of the National Academy of Education, vice-chair of the National Research Council’s Board on Testing and Assessment, a principal consultant for the PBS documentary School, and director of the Advanced Studies Fellowship Program at Brown. With the postdoctoral fellows from that program, he authored To Educate a Nation: Federal and National Strategies of School Reform. He is currently working on a history of the federal role in American elementary and secondary schooling from 1940 to 1980.