The New Politics of Education

  title={The New Politics of Education},
  author={Elizabeth DeBray-Pelot and Patrick McGuinn},
  journal={Educational Policy},
  pages={15 - 42}
This article develops a framework, drawn from earlier work by education scholars, as well as broader theoretical insights on advocacy and policymaking developed by political scientists, for thinking about education politics in the post-No Child Left Behind era. The authors use this framework to examine the evolution of the national education policy arena over the past ten years. The authors describe the key political dynamics and actors which drove education policymaking at the national level… 

Repositioning Politics in Education’s Circle of Knowledge

The model implicit in most research on the politics of education assumes that political factors such as interest group support and opposition shape policy. However, because this perspective yields

Neo-democracy in educational policy-making: a critical case study of neoliberal reform in Massachusetts

Abstract This paper explores changes to the educational policy-making arena through case study analysis of a Massachusetts law passed in 2012 that limits seniority-based job protections for public

A Narrow Path Through the Broad Middle: Mapping Institutional Considerations for ESEA Reauthorization

This article uses an institutional framework to analyze the political context of the next reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The authors analyze three relevant factors in

The Media Got it Wrong! A Critical Discourse Analysis of Changes to the Educational Policy Making Arena

The context for education policy making has changed dramatically in recent years. Policy-making at the state-level has become characterized by near-unprecedented enactment of neo-liberal education

The Presidential Platform on Twenty-First Century Education Goals.

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Fight Club: Are Advocacy Organizations Changing the Politics of Education?

Every few weeks, a group of education reform advocacy organizations (ERAOs) gathers in Washington, D.C., to compare notes and plot strategy in what is (half in jest) referred to as "fight club." Like

Antidote or antagonist? The role of Education Reform Advocacy Organizations in educational policymaking

ABSTRACT In recent years, a new breed of political organizations has had remarkable influence in American educational policymaking. Proponents of neoliberal reform, these groups have been labeled as

From Within the Belly of the Beast: Rethinking the Concept of the ‘Educational Marketplace’ in the Popular Discourse of Education Reform

The task of this article is to carry out a synthetic analysis of the concept of the educational marketplace as it is used in the popular discourse of education reform so as to unpack what has become

Learning Citizenship? How State Education Reforms Affect Parents’ Political Attitudes and Behavior

Abstract Over the past three decades, the states have adopted a suite of reforms to their education systems in an effort to improve school performance. While scholars have speculated about the

Preserving Education as a Public Good: Lessons from the Grassroots

The article provides an overview of my book, The Fight for America’s Schools: Grassroots Activism in Education. The book examines how grassroots activists in Pennsylvania and New Jersey challenged



The Changing Role of Interest Groups in Education: Nationalization and the New Politics of Education Productivity

The politics of education in the United States has changed in recent decades from one approximating professionally dominated subgovernments to issue networks, which are characterized by more

Politics ideology & education : federal policy during the Clinton and Bush administrations

In this fascinating account, the author examines the politics of federal education policy through the lens of the most recent reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

To educate a nation : federal and national strategies of school reform

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Political scientists have long debated the nature of the American political system, particularly the degree to which the federal government is amenable to major policy initiation and reform. There

Educational Policymaking and the Interest Group Structure in France and the United States

Any effort to characterize the policymaking process in industrial democracies must include at the same time an analysis of both the organization of the state and the organized factions, parties, and

Reading, Writing, and Reconstructionism: The Christian Right and the Politics of Public Education

The U.S. Christian Right has been involved with the politics of education since its inception in the 1970s. This involvement has been greatly influenced by a theological justification of political

Gubernatorial Reactions to No Child Left Behind: Politics, Pressure, and Education Reform

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No Child Left Behind and the Transformation of Federal Education Policy, 1965–2005

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The Role of Interest Groups in the Formation of Educational Policy: Past Practice and Future Trends

  • P. PetersonB. Rabe
  • Political Science
    Teachers College Record: The Voice of Scholarship in Education
  • 1983
Interest-group activity ranks among the most visible contributors to policy change in modern industrial societies. American myths, and a good deal of political science literature, suggest not only a

Conflicting missions? : teachers unions and educational reform

Ask people whether teachers unions are good or bad for education and you are likely to receive a wide variety of opinions. A 1998 Gallup Poll asked whether teachers unions helped, hurt, or made no