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George Thomas Bellamy
B EDUC 569
Bothell Campus

Educational Policy, School Politics and Teacher Power

Teachers work in a complex web of political relationships, contested values, and competing ideas in schools. Exercises help participants understand teachers' (K-12) and policymakers' roles in school politics and develop frameworks from which to base the responsible exercise of autonomy in schools.

Class description

BEDUC 569 and BPOLST 586A will be linked in Spring 2008 in order to provide a survey of education policy issues supporting both policy analysts interested in education and educators interested in policy. The essential questions addressed in the course are: who controls teaching and learning in public schools, for what purposes, and through what means? The course will provide a context for the discussion by reviewing elements of policy analysis and the institutional context of educational policies. Specific policy topics will include public education as a means to promote economic development and as an investment in democratic society, with implications for such topics as testing, school choice, professional certification, funding, and other issues identified by students.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

combination of in-class and On-line discussions

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by George Thomas Bellamy
Date: 01/22/2008