The Public Interest

Accountability in education—the Michigan experience

David K. Cohen & Jerome T. Murphy

Summer 1974

FASHIONS in social reform shift quickly in the United States and education is no exception. The first wave of reform in the 1960’s assumed that inequality in education was a prime cause of poverty. Programs sought to rectify this by changing the allocation of school resources and the assignment of students. Job training, remedial education, and desegregation were prominent weapons in the Great Society’s arsenal.

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