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Education for the Us First Crowd

Author(s): Maria Ferguson
Published: November 10, 2016

In her latest column for Kappan magazine, CEP Executive Director Maria Ferguson shares her thoughts on the 2016 campaign and election and what it means for the future of public education. Read the full column here.

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Federal Aid to the Schools - Wasteful or Helpful?

Author(s): Jack Jennings
Published: April 21, 2011

This blog posted on April 21, 2011, in the Huffington Post, by Jack Jennings counters the criticisms of conservative critics of federal aid to education by describing the equity purpose of this aid and then highlighting the major educational achievements of the groups principally targeted for this assistance.

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Get The Federal Government Out Of Education? That Wasn't The Founding Fathers' Vision

Author(s): Jack Jennings
Published: April 13, 2011

In this paper, CEP president and CEO Jack Jennings tracks the federal government’s involvement in education through the course of American history, and argues that this involvement must continue.  Jennings provides evidence that the government has played an essential role in the development of public schools – consistent with the founding fathers’ vision – and that this role is vital to the continued success of the country.  Supplemental papers by Wayne Riddle and Alexandra Usher discuss in more detail two aspects of federal involvement: special provisions written into the U.S. tax code that provide substantial indirect financial support for public education, and the federal land grants given to states for the support of public schools.  PDFs of states’ original Enabling Acts establishing their land grants are also available below.

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A Brief History of the Federal Role in Education

Author(s): Diane Stark Rentner
Published: October 1, 1999

Why It Began and Why It's Still Needed - An overview of the historical role and the impact of the federal government in education.

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Public Schools: A Place Where Children Can Learn to Get Along with Others in a Diverse Society

Author(s): Diane Stark Rentner
Published: January 6, 1999

A brief presentation and a pamphlet on the reasons public schools offer a good place for children to learn about diversity and how to live in social harmony.

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Public Schools and Citizenship

Author(s): Diane Stark Rentner
Published: June 1, 1998

Report on 60 community forums sponsored by CEP, the National PTA, and Phi Delta Kappa to discuss what Americans expect from public education.

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An Experiment in Democracy

Author(s): Jack Jennings
Published: June 1, 1997

The author recounts his experiences in conducting public forums on education throughout the country in 1996-1997 in this article published in the June 1997 issue of the Phi Delta Kappa.

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