Education, Equity, and the States

Education, Equity, and the States How Variations in State Governance Make or Break Reform

Sara E. Dahill-Brown
cloth, 336 Pages
Pub. Date: February 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-273-7
Price: $66.00

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paper, 336 Pages
Pub. Date: February 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-272-0
Price: $34.00

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Education, Equity, and the States examines how variations in state governance determine how federal initiatives are implemented and makes recommendations for approaching reform from this perspective. The book defines the key ways in which state policy environments differ from one another, illustrates how those differences matter, and encourages reformers to account for these disparities to achieve more sustained and equitable improvement.


Too often we talk about teachers, kids, and the feds as if they existed, alone, in a schoolhouse deep in the woods. Sara Dahill-Brown's adroit book shows how the politics of school districts, state legislatures, school boards, and state commissioners permeate students' experiences. I can think of no better map of contemporary American education. — Arnold F. Shober, associate professor of government, Lawrence University

Education, Equity, and the States is engagingly written and has an intellectual heft and ambition that will garner significant attention within the education policy community. Dahill-Brown tackles the neglected issue of how state-level institutions and cultures drive much of the variation in educational policy in the United States and helps us see important patterns in our policy diversity. — Douglas S. Reed, director, Program in Educational Transformation, Georgetown University

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About the Author

Sara E. Dahill-Brown is an associate professor in the politics and international affairs department at Wake Forest University.

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