This course examines political issues in American education, past and present, at the local, state, and national levels. Students will analyze policy-driven ‘hot topics’ and seemingly institutionalized issues in schools including zero tolerance, funding, testing, and teacher quality. Time will be spent dissecting major educational policies including No Child Left Behind, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the Dream Act. Particular attention will be given to the ways in which educational policies are formulated and to the constituencies and actors involved in the policy process. Emphasis will be placed on how educational policies affect classroom practices and learning outcomes. (Not offered 2017-18).
Prerequisite: Education 370, Education 380 or Education 385.
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