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Federal Government's Impact on Education

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Beth Kraemer

on 3 July 2017

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The federal government has succeeded in supporting education by...
Smith-Hughes Act
In 1917 Congress promoted vocational education.

Federal government policy continues to inflict bureaucracy, regulations, and a mandate to use education to expose social or political results.
The federal government has NOT succeeded in supporting education by...
Federal Government's Impact on Education
By: Beth Kraemer
George-Barden Act
In 1946, training supported agricultural, industrial, and home economics types of work.
Following WWII...
1941 - Lanham Act
1944 - GI Bill
1950 - Impact Aid laws
1958 - National Defense of Education
Civil Rights
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
1965 - Elementary & Secondary Education Act
Title I
2001 - No Child Left Behind Act
2015 -Every Student Succeeds Act
Each piece of educational legislation has helped support the federal government's initial mission: to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.
Although there were flaws within several laws and programs set forth by the government, the overall impact they created in education benefited students and protected their rights across the country.
The federal government tends to undervalue the role of individual decisions (made by parents, educators, students, and administrators).
"You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink."
Research show growing public frustration with issues regarding school choice, classroom sizes, aging infrastructure, standardized testing, and curriculum.
Many political leaders stray away from discussing precisely how they would like to improve the country's education system.
The federal government claims that it provides equal educational opportunity, yet there remains a huge gap between the quality of education in a wealthier school vs. the quality in a low-income area.
In the future...
I think the federal government should give more power to state and local governments to control schools. All schools throughout the nation should not follow the same benchmarks to determine that the school's performance is "proficient" or "distinguished". Local governments understand the communities' needs and can better serve its people by establishing regulations that are specifically planned for that area. The federal government should also offer more financial assistance to the vulnerable communities that don't have the resources and tools needed to receive a decent education.
The federal government
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