GOVERNMENT

GOVT-423
Advanced Studies in Public Policy (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Seminars on such topics as hunger, poverty, housing, education, job training, health care, unemployment, welfare, and conservation. Usually offered every fall and spring. Prerequisite: GOVT-210, and minimum 2.5 GPA.

GOVT-423
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GOVERNMENT
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced Studies in Public Policy (3)

Creating and Debating U.S. Education Policy

Education is often cited as the key to long-term global competitiveness, but with U.S. students lagging behind their counterparts in many other nations, our education system is receiving more public scrutiny than ever before. Common standards, teacher pay and effectiveness, the role of unions and charter schools, the achievement gap, and changes to the No Child Left Behind law are among the hot-button issues and reforms being fiercely debated by policymakers and advocates across the spectrum. This course will examine the origins and characteristics of the U.S. education system; how K-12 education policy is created, implemented and shaped by decision-makers and influencers at the federal, state and local levels; and the key education issues and debates today and what this all means for student performance.