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Paul Peterson

Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government, FAS


Identifies political and economic influences on education policy, assesses relevant policy research, and discusses the practical challenges faced by today’s education innovators.  Topics include teacher quality, collective bargaining, school size, school finance, Common Core and accountability, early childhood, charters, and vouchers. Tuesday sessions focus on research approaches and findings; Thursday sessions discuss challenges faced by practitioners who will be participating in the discussion via zoom. The following practitioners will participate as Academic Visitors: James Blew, President and CEO, Aurora Institute and former U. S. Assistant Secretary of Education; Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Chester E. Finn, Jr. Senior Fellow, Thomas B. Fordham Institute and former U. S. Assistant Secretary of Education: Wayne D. Lewis, Jr., President, Houghton College and former Kentucky Commissioner of Education; Joseph Olchefske, Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Education and former Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools; George Parker, Senior Advisor, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and former President, District of Columbia Teachers Union; Nina Rees, President and CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools; Michelle Rhee, Founder and CEO, StudentsFirst and former Chancellor for District of Columbia Public Schools; Jason Riley, Columnist, The Wall Street Journal; Paymon Rouhanifard, CEO, Propel America; Rocco Testani, Attorney, Eversheds-Sutherland Law Firm.

This course is cross listed as Government 2490, (FAS) The Political Economy of the School and SUP 448 (HKS). In 2020, all student evaluations were tabulated under SUP 448 (HKS).  The course received a rating of 4.88 on a 5.0 point scale.  Eight of the ten students evaluated the course, all of them using the evaluation form supplied by HKS.  (None used the 2490 evaluation form; and, for this reason, there are no evaluations under the 2490 number.) 

Also offered by the Government Department as Gov 2490. Permission of instructor required for all undergraduates.