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PS 520: Politics of Education
Dr. Brian Cherry

Federal Resources

The U.S. Department of Education. "The agency of the federal government that establishes policy for, administers, and coordinates most federal assistance to education." A great deal of information can be found here: policies, publications, initiatives, boards & commissions that provide advice to the Dept. of Education, as well as statistics. In particular, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

The White House. With every new president, the makeup of this webpage and the information on it changes. There is no direct link to the education section at this time.

U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions . Track bills and locate hearings dealing with education (from recent sessions of Congress), and read press releases. Publications from this committee available through the Government Publishing Office can be found here.

Committee on Education & the Workforce, U.S. House of Representatives. Similar in scope to the Senate committee website, but better organized. Publications from this committee available through the Government Publishing Office can be found here.

Catalog of Government Publications. Works just like a library catalog and includes links to online publications. Use the advanced screen for more control over your search.

Other federal resources of interest: Government Accountability Office, Congressional Research Reports, and the Congressional Budget Office.

USA.gov will point to resources at the national, state, and various local levels.

State of Michigan Resources

Michigan Department of Education. Programs, news & publications, assessment, policies, curriculum standards, etc., for the state can be found here.

Center for Educational Performance & Education. Separate from the Dept. of Education, this office initiates data collection and compliance with the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Michigan House: Education Committee. View legislation, testimony, committee minutes, and subscribe to notices from this committee.

Michigan Senate. No direct link to their Education Committee: use the Committee Information link found at the top of the page, then the Standing Committees link off the lefthand sidebar.

Search for Michigan House or Senate Education Bills. Search for other legislative actions as well: resolutions, bills, bill records, etc., back to the 2003-2004 legislative session.

Non-Governmantal Resources

CQ Weekly. Congressional Quarterly's weekly publication of events in Congress. The journal website allows you to search by keyword, topic, or date.

Opensecrets.org. Very, very informative website on who gives and gets what in the way of political donations. Select "Education" from their list of industries from the "Who Gives" tab. Related resources to this Opensecrets.org can be found here (approximately the top 15 will be more appropriate). No on that list, but could easily be, is MAPlight.org, which provides some additional background information on bills moving through Congress..

Legislative Resources. A list of web resources that enable you to track current legilsation (as well as supplemental information on them) on most any topic. If education is not already listed as a catagory, conduct a search for it.

From the University of Michigan, a list of lobby groups as well as links to other lists of lobby groups. .

Education resources found in Internet Directories: Google, Yahoo, and the Open Directory Project. Rather than surf blindly, these three directories have rounded up and categorized education resources (some of which will be repeated; others not).

For any questions about these resources, contact Bruce Sarjeant. LRC 234, x1580.

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