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Copyright (c) 1994 Fordham Law Review
Fordham Law Review

ARTICLE: GOALS 2000: EDUCATE AMERICA ACT: THE FEDERALIZATION AND LEGALIZATION OF EDUCATIONAL POLICY

November, 1994

63 Fordham L. Rev. 345

Author

MICHAEL HEISE *

Excerpt

INTRODUCTION

MANY American elementary and secondary school systems continue to confront serious challenges in educating students. Despite what many people -- particularly parents -- wish to believe, well-meaning educational reform efforts designed to improve student achievement have largely failed to attain their goals. 1 The publication in 1983 of A Nation At Risk: The Imperative For Educational Reform 2 alerted many Americans to the crisis facing the nation's educational system. The Nation At Risk report notes that while the American economy and society underwent dramatic changes during the past few decades, schools continue to educate students in largely the same way. 3 The report argued that a static educational system in an increasingly dynamic economy and society creates profound risks for the United States. 4 The authors of the Nation At Risk did not mince words: "[T]he educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a Nation and a people." 5

The Nation At Risk report helped alert the public to the need for educational reform and provided initiative for federal leadership. 6 Furious reactions swiftly followed the report. Since 1983, many parents, educators, civic and business groups, foundations, policymakers, and researchers have focused on educational reform efforts. 7 Because the need for educational reform galvanized the public, it was not surprising to find local, state, and federal public officials preoccupied with educational reform plans. Numerous reports and analyses, many published after the Nation At Risk ...
 
 
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