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date: 21 September 2021

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This chapter explores education policy as a primary function of state and local government and examines the recent creep of national government into this policy jurisdiction. The author argues that any scholar hoping to understand state and local politics and policymaking needs a basic understanding of education policy, simply because it dominates so much of state budget politics and policy. In addition, the incredible variation in education politics and policy allows fertile ground for testing a vast array of social science theories.

Keywords: budget, education, federalism, intergovernmental relations, policy, politics, race, representation

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