Education Policy


The Economics of Federal Education Policy Reform

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Federal government funding and regulations of education have increased significantly over the last fifty years. Federal spending for elementary, secondary and vocational education increased from $4.5 billion in 1965 to $40.2 billion in 2016 (in constant 2016 dollars).

Other Federal K12 funding comes from the Department of Agriculture budget: $22 billion in 2016 for school lunches and related programs.

The 2017-18 NSDA resolution calls for increasing federal funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States.

The Trump administration supports charter schools and school choice, but so did the Obama and Bush Administrations. Public charter schools operate within school districts but have additional flexibility to offer targeted or specialized programs for students. Private charter schools, active in some states, receive state funding through vouchers.

Efforts to expand charter schools are controversial, as some see them as draining funds, reform energy, and high-achieving students from existing schools.

Another area of controversy are national testing and curriculum mandated by the federal government, from No Child Left Behind in the Bush Administration’s to Common Core in the Obama Administration.

A wide range of online courses, from Khan Academy and other providers have “flipped” classrooms, with course content watched outside of class ahead of discussion of content with teachers at school.

This year’s online presentations present key economic principles relevant to the resolution and outlines have links to a wide range of recent videos and online articles plus other resources.

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