Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: February 22, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412957403 | Print ISBN: 9781412956642 | Online ISBN: 9781412957403| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Presidents and Educational Reform
Christopher M. Duncan
The principal domestic task of the president of the United States is stated in Article II, section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, which calls on him or her to take care that the laws are faithfully executed. In other words, the Constitution provides almost no explicit role for the president in the policymaking process. The president's job, as stated, is to carry out the will of the legislature and enforce the decisions of the courts. Over the course of 2 centuries, the role of the president has gradually changed. Today, the American people expect their chief executive to come into office with a full-blown set of policy objectives and positions regarding virtually every major facet of American life. Despite a complicated history, education policy is no different. For better or worse, educational reform has become a national priority and, as such, a serious presidential concern. This entry explores the history ...