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History



A collection of articles on the history of various aspects of education, including the history of compulsory education, education reform, the school lunch program, public schools, and the PTA.

History Articles

The History of The PTA
The Parent Teacher Association or PTA has been an important part of education since 1897. Many schools encourage PTA membership and participation. Knowing the history of the PTA will help you understand the importance of getting involved.

The History of the School Lunch Program
Have you ever wondered why schools offer a school lunch program or when and why the school lunch program was created? Read this article for more information on the history of the school lunch program. You may be surprised.

History of Public Schools
What does the term public school mean to you? Do you know the history of public schools? This article contains great history information on the early years in the history public schools as well as recent history of public schools.

Education Reform
Education reform is a perennial hot topic that touches people’s deepest beliefs about child-rearing, community, and our country. This article will review some of the main areas that have attracted widespread interest.

Year Round School Overview
This article discusses options that are available when considering a year round school schedule, including single track and multiple track schedules and how the year round school schedule changes the school calendar.

Compulsory Education
Have you ever told your kids, “You have to go to school: it’s the law”? This article discusses the history of compulsory education, compulsory education requirements in the U.S. and how U.S. education requirements compare to the rest of the world.

Special Education History
This article gives a brief overview of special education history. Learn how children with special needs are affected by the laws and regulations that are set for their education and how it was decided to integrate those with learning disabilities into regular classrooms.

Higher Education Act
In 1965, Congress passed the Higher Education Act, or HEA. The Higher Education Act had the goal of strengthening US colleges and universities. Keep reading to find out more about this important education legislation.

The Race to the Top
The Race to the Top offers educational grants to States willing to adopt and meet certain education standards, in an effort to provide higher education opportunities. This article explains the selection criteria for Race to the Top and Common Core State Standards Initiative.