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’s session focuses on research approaches and findings; Thursday’s session discusses challenges faced by practitioners. Course to be co-taught with the following Academic Visitors: Christopher Cerf, State District Superintendent, Newark, and former State Commissioner of Education, New Jersey; Michelle Rhee-Johnson, former Chancellor of the Washington, D.C. public schools, founder of StudentsFirst; Jason Riley, journalist and member of The Wall Street Journal editorial board; Diane Tavenner, founder and CEO of Summit Public Schools.
Also offered by the Government Department as Gov 2490. Permission of instructor required for all undergraduates.