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Introduction to Educational Policy


This course is designed to introduce students to current issues in educational policy, and help them develop rigorous policy analysis skills. We will examine the goals, institutions, and actors that shape the American K-12 education system in order to understand recent reform efforts and their consequences for students.  A substantial portion of the course will require that students apply theories of the policy process and tools of policy analysis to specific reforms such as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Common Core State Standards, teacher workforce policies, and the growing presence of charter schools, especially in urban areas.  Students will engage these topics through in-class discussions, case studies, presentations, and through the creation of work products such as policy memos, issue briefs, and op-ed articles.

Satisfies a Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies a major requirement in the CIS major in Educational Studies & Public Policy Studies.
Satisfies a minor requirement in Educational Studies.
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement