Bush-Obama School Reform

Bush-Obama School Reform Lessons Learned

Edited by Frederick M. Hess and Michael Q. McShane
cloth, 232 Pages
Pub. Date: September 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-218-8
Price: $62.00

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paper, 232 Pages
Pub. Date: September 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-217-1
Price: $32.00

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Frederick M. Hess and Michael Q. McShane have gathered a diverse group of scholars to examine the shifting federal role in education across the presidential administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. While the administrations were vastly different, one thing remained constant: an ongoing and significant expansion of the federal role in education. Moreover, many of the key principles underlying federal reform remained consistent: an emphasis on standards- and test-based accountability; teacher quality as measured by test scores; school choice; and the importance of research in evaluating improvement initiatives.


The best policy is designed for the future with a deep appreciation for what the past has taught. Bush-Obama School Reform, the first scholarly compendium of lessons from sixteen of the most active and activist years in education policy, launches a critical discussion. — Joanne Weiss, president, Weiss Associates, former chief of staff to US Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and former director, Race to the Top Program

These smart essays deftly explore the paradoxes, ironies, lessons, ambitions, brands, victories, and defeats of education reform at the federal level. The book serves as a cautionary tale of ‘policy windows’ that open wide nationally and the forces that slam them shut, and offers lessons for the next generation of education wonks. — Stefanie Sanford, chief, Global Policy and External Relations, The College Board

This collection captures a fresh perspective on the politics and ideas that defined an era in education policy. Those working to shape the path forward should seek ways to build upon the lessons learned in Bush-Obama School Reform. — Roberto J. Rodriguez, former White House deputy assistant to President Barack Obama, and president and CEO, Teach Plus

I would recommend this book as an effective summary of federal education policy over the last five decades and the many lessons that have been learned. — Justin B. Henry, School Administrator

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About the Editors

Frederick M. Hess is the director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Michael Q. McShane is the director of national research at EdChoice.