Feb 19, 2020  
2018-2019 College of Liberal Arts (Admitted Fall 2018/Spring 2019) 
    
2018-2019 College of Liberal Arts (Admitted Fall 2018/Spring 2019) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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EDUC 315 - Education Policy and Legal Issues

4 credits
This course provides students with an overview of the historical, social, philosophical, and political foundations of education and special education in the United States and of the contemporary education reform debate. Students will analyze both the politics and the policy of schooling, exploring the debate over the purposes of public education and the use of education as a political issue, examining the individuals, groups, and institutions that compete to control schools, and investigating how and where they seek to advance their different interests and values. Paying particular attention to the intersection of politics and policy, this course will also examine the debates over specific school reforms such as standards and testing, equalization of school finance, school choice, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the No Child Left Behind Act, as well as the unique challenges facing urban schools. Students will examine case law and political climate that led to the current state of educational opportunities for students of color, those living in poverty, those with disabilities and English Language Learners. CLA-Diversity US, CLA-Writing Intensive



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