The Expanding Federal Role in Teacher Workforce Policy

Benjamin M. Superfine, Jessica J. Gottlieb, Mark A. Smylie

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This article examines the recent expansion of the federal role into teacher workforce policy, primarily as embodied by the Race to the Top Fund of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Such recent federal teacher workforce policy reflects an important expansion of the federal role into a policy domain that deserves more attention. The financial incentives and governance arrangements structuring federal-state relationships under these policies have proven effective at facilitating the enactment of state-level reforms. However, these policies ultimately pay too little attention to fundamental governance questions that must be addressed for efficacious teacher workforce development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-78
Number of pages21
JournalEducational Policy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012


  • governance
  • policy
  • teacher quality


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