The Decentralization of Education
One of the key areas of modern public policy that has been most delegated to
states and local governments are education. Unlike many Western European
nations where educational decisions are made almost exclusively by the central
government, in the United States local school boards have enormous flexibility in
devising education policy.
Respond to the following statements in a three to four paged double-spaced
Analyze the current decentralization of education policy. Has education policy
in the United States produced a system that has equipped workers for a
modern knowledge-based economy? Discuss any challenges facing
American education that originate with state and local governments.
Imagine that you have the power to reconstruct the relationship between local
governments, state governments, and the federal government concerning
elementary and secondary education. Discuss the possibilities, both pro and
con, of maintaining the current system of devolving power to local
Analyze the pros and cons of centralizing the education policy within the
federal government and include why this would or would not be more
successful than a decentralized system.
Regardless of your perspective on this issue, analyze the challenges and
opportunities presented to local governments as they develop education
policy to equip students with the skills required to compete in the global
Analyze ways the federal government can assist local governments in
producing better education policy.
Submit your three- to four-page paper (not including title and reference pages).
Your paper must be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the approved
APA style guide, and you must cite at least two scholarly sources in addition to
Must be three to four double-spaced pages in length (not including title and
references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the
Must include a separate title page with the following:
o Title of paper
o Student’s name
o Course name and number
o Instructor’s name
o Date submitted
Must use at least two scholarly sources in addition to the course text.
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additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about
whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact
your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of
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