Fall 2014 - 62555 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
Domestic Education Policy
Domestic Education Policy will review the largest and most controversial K-12 educational reforms of the past 45 years, from desegregation and school finance equalization to charter schools and teacher accountability. In weekly structured debates, students will advocate both for and against each reform by appealing to research evidence. You will read 2-3 articles most weeks, and about twice as much in weeks when you lead debate. At the end of the course, you will have learned to evaluate controversial policies more impartially. In addition, you may well have changed your mind regarding which past reforms have been successful and which future reforms are most worth pursuing.