A024 - Politics and Education Policy in the U.S. (Teaching Fellow)




This course examines the politics of education policy in the United States. It introduces the key institutions (e.g., school districts, states education agencies, Congress, the executive branch, and the courts) and actors (e.g., elected officials, teachers unions, civil rights groups, parents, and the general public) shaping American K-12 education in order to shed light on current policy debates and their implications for students. We survey past conflicts over education governance, recent policy changes, and the successes of and challenges facing ongoing reform efforts. Throughout the semester we draw on concepts from political science to understand the development of the American education system while using education policy as a case study to learn about the American political process generally.