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Policy Analysis in Education

The public importance assigned to education has increased steadily over the past half-century, as state and federal authorities have come to rely ever more heavily on schools to address problems ranging from social inequality to national economic competitiveness in a globalized economy. Federal and state spending on education has grown dramatically since 1960, and the efforts of state and national governments to direct the work of teachers and schools through policy have grown commensurately. In California and other states, the education code has ballooned in recent decades, while federal laws governing the allocation of education revenues have become more and more prescriptive as to how federal money can be used and to what ends.

Public officials count on schools to accomplish a wide variety of social ...

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