Meeting of the Board of Regents | June 2008
THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234
The States Impact on Federal Education Policy Project
June 4, 2008
Issue for Discussion
The State Archives will provide the Regents with a progress report on the States' Impact on Federal Education Policy Project (SIFEPP), a national initiative, led by the New York State Archives, to create and foster the use of an accessible historical record that documents the impact of states on U.S. education policy since the mid-twentieth century.
Reason(s) for Consideration
The Regents will be apprised of the progress and future directions of this project.
The New York State Archives is leading the States Impact on Federal Education Policy Project, a national initiative funded by a grant from the Wallace Foundation. The project is guided by a national advisory board led by former New York State Commissioner of Education Gordon Ambach. The Project is working to increase the volume of records available for research on the state-federal dynamic in education policy and to promote the use of archival collections related to the topic for research, professional and civic dialogue, and education policy development.
The project expands upon and provides access to the education policy resources in the New York State Archives and will encourage and support repositories in other states and at the federal level to do the same. By making these resources available, policymakers, scholars, education professionals, and concerned citizens can easily access them from the SIFEPP website and other online sources. As a result, education policy, informed by research in the historical record, can lead to better education for America’s young people.
Since its inception in 2004, the project has:
- Created a website that allows users to identify resources on this topic;
- Worked to ensure the archiving of record of governments, organizations, and individuals involved in this field;
- Held a conference in Washington DC in May 2008 to stimulate new research around education policy and federalism.
Timetable for Implementation
The grant funding for this project will support continued efforts for another 18 months.