Classes

Philanthropy, Nonprofits, and the Politics of American Education (Government 94LF)

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Fall
In recent years, foundations like the Gates Foundation and wealthy individuals like Mark Zuckerberg have become heavily involved in funding K-12 education, giving large sums of money to urban school districts, charter schools, and other education entities. This course uses political science to shed light on these developments. We will explore how philanthropic involvement has shaped schools, interest groups, ideas and policy outcomes in education. In doing so, students will learn a variety of prominent American politics theories, such as those pertaining to power, group mobilization, policy... Read more about Philanthropy, Nonprofits, and the Politics of American Education (Government 94LF)

Democracy and Education in America (Social Studies 98QB)

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Fall

This course explores the political dimensions of education policy in the United States. It examines the various political factors that have contributed to modern battles over education policy making. The course draws from political science scholarship as well as other disciplines to explore how race, the courts, unequal political participation, interest group advocacy, social movements, as well as local, state, and federal institutions have impacted education in the U.S. The last few weeks are spent applying these ideas to the case of school choice and charters. Throughout, the course...

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