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    The Importance of the Federal Role in Improving Educational Practice

    Lessons from a Big-City School System

    Thomas K. Minter
    I bring to this essay a dual perspective: that of the federal education official and that of the local school district administrator. As a practitioner in urban schools I have been employed as a teacher, principal, district superintendent, superintendent of schools, and presently as deputy chancellor for instruction in the New York City public schools. As a federal education official, I worked in the Carter administration as assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education. Through both roles, I have developed strong beliefs that federal involvement in elementary and secondary education has resulted in increased access to education for all individuals and groups in our society; in the improvement of teaching and learning at the local level; in increased capacity to support and provide leadership at the state and local levels; and in developing, identifying, evaluating, and disseminating exemplary, research-based, educational practices nationwide.

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    Winter 1982 Issue

    Abstracts

    The Federal Role in Education
    T.H. Bell
    The Federal Role in Elementary and Secondary Education, 1940-1980
    Carl F. Kaestle and Marshall S. Smith
    The Federal Role in American Indian Education
    Frank Anthony Ryan
    The Federal Role in Increasing Equality of Educational Opportunity
    Kenneth S. Tollett
    Federal Grants and Educational Equity
    Henry M. Levin
    Policy and Organization
    The Impact of State and Federal Educational Policy on School Governance
    David K. Cohen
    The Importance of the Federal Role in Improving Educational Practice
    Lessons from a Big-City School System
    Thomas K. Minter
    The Federal Role in Educational Improvement
    Brenda J. Turnbull
    The Federal Role in Educational Research
    P. Michael Timpane
    The Role of the States in Federal Education Programs
    Milbrey Wallin McLaughlin
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