Dr. Feng Wei, ELP’s Visiting Professor from Nanjing Normal University, China, was awarded the 2017 National Social Science Funding of China, one of the highest levels of academic funding in the national social science research. His project is a case study about compulsory education governance in rural China. In addition, the second edition of his book, Elasticity and Toughness, has been published by Shanghai Joint Publishing Press. The book was an ethnographic study that analyzed the relationship between educational policy and rural culture, based on many rural teachers’ life histories that were influenced by educational policy in one county in China from 1950s to 1990s. Read an excerpt from his October. 3, 2017 presentation on Understanding the Roles of Local Educational Departments in School improvements in China.