Education Policy and Legislation


Academic Search Complete - A large interdisciplinary database.  A quick way to see if researchers from other disciplines are conducting research related to your topic of interest.

American Factfinder - A Census Bureau site that allows users to find data/stats based on geography, including school district. 

Education Source - Our largest education database!  Indexes over 1,750 publications!

recommendedERIC - Includes many government documents related to education and journal articles related to education policy.

PAIS- A policy database that covers many issues, including education.

ProQuest Congressional Publications - Congressional hearings, Congressional committee prints, the Congressional record, Congressional Research service reports, and unpublished hearings.  Searchable by keyword.

ProQuest Legislative Insight - Legislative histories of federal laws.  The "Legislative Process" search is especially helpful.  It allows the user to search by law number and see any documents related to a law, in chronological order, with a description of what each document is.  Try it with No Child Left Behind (PL107-110) to get an idea of how it works.

Sociological Abstracts - Some coverage of social policy.

Social Explorer - Useful for finding data/statistics from a specific place and time.  Based on historic census data. 

Handbooks & Encyclopedias

Why use them?  To get a overview of a concept or theory that's new to you, to learn important terms/lingo that may be useful search terms, and to discover important names and publications associated with your topic.

Gale Virtual Reference Library An online collection of encyclopedias that is searchable by keyword

Handbook of Education Politics and Policy print | electronic

Handbook of Education Policy Research l print

Handbook of Public Policy Analysis: Theory, Politics, and Methods print | electronic

Handbook of Research in Education Finance and Policy print

Studying Educational and Social Policy print | electronic


Recent Arrivals: virtually browse books about educational policy

Library Catalog: search UT's book collection

Related PCL Call # Ranges: for those who like to browse the stacks...

  • LB 1027.9 : Choice of School
  • LB 2801 LB 3095 : School Administration and Organization
  • LC 71 to LC 120.4 : Education and the state
  • LC 213 to LC 214 : Educational Equalization, School Intergration

Related Subject Headings:

  • Alternative Schools
  • Charter Schools
  • Democracy and Education
  • Discrimination in Education
  • Education -- United States -- Finance
  • Education Economic Aspects
  • Education and State
  • Educational Accountability
  • Educational Change
  • Educational Equalization
  • Educational Policy
  • Educational Vouchers
  • Government Aid to Education
  • Privatization in Education
  • Public Schools -- United States -- Finance
  • School Choice
  • School Improvement Programs


Documents, Data & Legislation

Government Sites

Legislative Reference Library of Texas
LRL Home Education Committee Reports | Legislative Archive System

Texas Education Agency
Reports and Data | State Board of Education | Texas NCLB

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Communications & Policy | Data Resources | Higher Ed Laws & Rules

Texas Legislature Online (TLO)
TLO Home House Committee on Public Education | House Committee on Higher Education | Senate Committee on Education | Senate Committee on Higher Education

U.S. Department of Education 
Main Policy Page | Policy by Program | NCLB

U.T. System
System Reports Reports to the State | Documents by Office | Regents Rules & Regulations |Regents Policy Library

Association Sites

National Association of Elementary School Principals Advocacy Center

National Association of Secondary School Principals | Legistlative Agenda | Policy Commentary

National Education Association | Issues & Actions | Documents/Reports/Data

Texas Association of Community Colleges | Current Legislation | Archived Legislation

Texas Association of School Administrators Bill Tracker | School Finance Litigation | Advocacy Resources

Texas Association of Secondary School Principals | Legislative Update

Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association | Advocacy Home | 2013 Legislative Position [PDF]

Center & Institute Sites