Ronald Reagan entered the presidency promising to return K-12 education policy back to states and localities. Ironically, Reagan ended up both expanding and legitimizing the federal role in America’s schools.

How did this happen?

Kevin R. Kosar answers this riddle and provides a concise introduction to Ronald Reagan’s surprising education record.

This short book has 42 pages with 7,600 words, 6 figures, 57 end notes, and a list of suggested resources for further study. 

Kevin R. Kosar received his Ph.D. in politics from New York University. He is the author of the book Failing Grades: The Federal Politics of Education (2005) and the creator of the Federal Education Policy History website.

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