ESEA's 50-year legacy a blend of idealism, policy tensions
from Education Week
Fifty years ago this month, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Elementary and Secondary Education Act outside the former one-room schoolhouse in rural Texas he'd once attended. The new law dramatically ramped up Washington's investment in K-12 education, carving out a role for the federal government in educating the nation's poorest children. But shortly after that cinematic ceremony, administrators in the U.S. Office of Education — the predecessor of today's separate, Cabinet-level department — found themselves with a difficult task.
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