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At a time when the proper role of the federal government in education is being debated in political circles, it seems useful to consider in some detail exactly what the effects of a strong federal role in education are.
Whatever the future of public education in the United States, it is clear, for better or worse, that urban education will get there first. Declining enrollments, prolonged and frequent teachers' strikes, federal economic policies that starve the cities, and an aging urban population on fixed incomes directly threaten the quality of education offered to urban youth.
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