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POLS 240: Urban Education Policy

Term: Spring

Credits: 4

Degree Requirements:

This course explores the special challenges of designing effective public education policy for today’s postindustrial cities paying special attention to the challenges found in Memphis. After framing the policy dilemmas in light of political, social, economic and educational history, the course critically examines a variety of contemporary proposals related to issues such as Common Core, standardized testing, teacher accountability, class size, school hours, charter schools, school vouchers and early childhood education.

Prerequisites: United States Politics, or permission of the instructor