“Adopting a Set of Goals Says Nothing about How They will Actually be Carried Out.”

“Adopting a Set of Goals Says Nothing about How They will Actually be Carried Out.”

May 31, 2018

This new blog from the Wallace Institute notes that a “milestone moment in federal funding to shrink the academic opportunity gap between kids from poor and wealthier families took place in 1965,” when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Since then, “a progression of ESEA reauthorizations and other federal measures…has sought the same goal.” During a recent presentation before the ESSA Leadership Learning Community, political scientist Paul Manna tried to answer the question of why, after all these years and so much effort, these gaps persist.