The Supreme Court famously called education "the very foundation of good citizenship" and designated it "the most important function of state and local government." Today, Americans continue to identify education reform as one of the most pressing issues facing the nation. This course introduces students to the legal, institutional, and political processes that shape educational policy on the federal and state levels and proceeds to address some contemporary challenges. In particular, the course will look at issues of affordability (the rapid rise in tuition, shortcomings of financial aid laws, and the spiraling cost of preparing for college admission), and the relationship between the changing nature of the economy and our system of higher education. Throughout the course, we will pay close attention to how different legal frameworks, including constitutional and civil rights, impact the educational system in the United States.
Each Week Students will be expected to post one meaningful quote from the weekly reading material, explain their choice, and include a compelling question that arises from the quote.The reaction posts will be graded pass/fail. In addition, each student must write a paper about a contemporary issue at the intersection of education, law and policy. This paper may be structured to satisfy the SAW requirement.