Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)


Public Policy


Paul Manna

Committee Members

Christopher Howard

Melissa McInerney


With the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001, the federal government extended its reach into classrooms across America. Despite this proverbial "reach," its lack of enforcement of the Highly Qualified Teacher provisions of this act has been blamed for the varied and often poor implementation of this federal teacher policy across states. Through the lens of Principal-Agent Theory this project discusses the relationship between the federal and state governments, testing the impact of state teacher policies before the passage of NCLB, union presence, and the political partisanship of the governor as influencing factors in the implementation of the Highly Qualified Teacher provisions of NCLB.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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