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Chapter 10: The Civil Rights Movement and Federal Involvement in Educational Policy

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The Civil Rights Movement and Federal Involvement in Educational Policy
The civil rights movement and federal involvement in educational policy

Just as the Sputnik launching opened the door for federal funding of education, the civil rights movement opened the door for federal involvement in education (Fried, 1998; Montgomery, 1994). This did not come directly, however. Although World War II established the foundation for the civil rights movement, many key leaders needed to act on this opportunity. This chapter traces the progress of the civil rights movement and how it affected education. The civil rights victories of the 1950s and 1960s culminated in one of the most important historical themes in education, the education of minority groups in the United States. However, the seminal case involving civil ...

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