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Building the Federal Schoolhouse: Localism and the American Education State

Douglas S. Reed


The federal government’s role in public education over the past fifty years has dramatically changed the notion of localism in American schools. Seeking to construct the federal schoolhouse—an educational system with common national expectations and practices—has meant the creation of new modes of education within local institutions. The creation of this “education state” has also meant that federal educational initiatives have collided with—or reinforced—local political regimes in cities and suburbs alike. Building the Federal Schoolhouse examines how increasing federal authority over public ... More

Keywords: public education, education state, operational localism, federalism, English-learners, special education, accountability politics, desegregation, integration, Alexandria, urban politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199838486
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199838486.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas S. Reed, author
Georgetown University