Political Education: Setting the Course for State and Federal Policy (Paperback)

Political Education: Setting the Course for State and Federal Policy By Christopher T. Cross, Brian Sandoval (Foreword by), Jeremy Anderson (Foreword by) Cover Image

Political Education: Setting the Course for State and Federal Policy (Paperback)

By Christopher T. Cross, Brian Sandoval (Foreword by), Jeremy Anderson (Foreword by)


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In this volume, political insider Christopher Cross updates his critically acclaimed bestseller with new chapters and important new insights into future education policy. Cross draws on his own experience in Washington, along with research and interviews, to present a highly readable history of federal education policy, from WWII to the Obama administration. The book highlights the key players who helped shape federal policy because, as Cross writes in his introduction, "policy development is woven of personalities, events, and timing." This fascinating chronicle demonstrates, among other things, how federal policy has been a constant influence on what states and local districts do, especially with respect to students most at risk.

Critical Acclaim for Political Education --

"Christopher Cross does an excellent, even-handed job....If we are to make intelligent choices about where the nation is headed, if we are to choose between competing approaches, it is important that we understand how and why we have come to where we are today." --From the Foreword by Richard Riley, former U.S. Secretary of Education and Ted Sanders, President of the Education Commission of the States

"Christopher Cross is one of the nation's foremost authorities on federal education policy. This book is essential reading for those who wish to understand the complex issues that have shaped federal education policy in the past and are guiding this new period of a greatly enlarged federal role." --James B. Hunt, former Governor of North Carolina

"Chris Cross's analysis is not only thoroughly researched; it is an insightful and compelling reading. For those of us interested in anticipating the next steps in the evolution of public education policy in this country, Political Education should be required reading. --Nancy S. Grasmick, State Superintendent of Schools, Maryland State Department of Education

Concise but illuminating...chock-full of historical nuggets. --Education Week

The book is clearly written, informative, and generally well-balanced. --Harvard Educational Review

Interesting and informative...Cross has done an excellent job in contextually framing federal education policy development and implementation. --Teachers College Record

Rarely does one find a book on educational policy as accessible and as fact-filled as this volume by Christopher Cross...It will help educators of all stripes to better understand the how, why, and who of federal education policy. --Book Review Digest

Christopher T. Cross is chairman of Cross & Joftus, an educational consulting firm, and a distinguished senior fellow at the Education Commission of the States. During his 32 years in Washington, D.C., he served in both the executive and legislative branches, as an assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Education, as the Republican staff director of the House Committee on Education and Labor, and a deputy assistant secretary in the former Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
Product Details ISBN: 9780807755860
ISBN-10: 0807755869
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication Date: September 12th, 2014
Pages: 210
Language: English