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Politics, Policy, and Our Public Schools

Thomas Jefferson believed "an educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people." Jefferson advocated for local, free elementary schools to offer instruction that would be provided at the common expense. Because of the political winds of his times, however, Jefferson’s efforts to pass such legislation in Virginia were not successful. Over a century later, political winds continue to shape public education, not only in Virginia, but across the United States. In this course, we will examine five basic policy values—Excellence, Equality, Equity, Efficiency, and Choice—and how they have played out in the fight for control of our pre-K to12 public education system.

Instructor Bio:

Betsy Donohoe has taught in public and private schools at secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels. She has coached schools across the county in major reform efforts, as well as served as an Elementary School Principal. She currently mentors UVA student teachers in area schools. Betsy received her Ed.D. at the Curry School of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A202 Elizabeth Donohoe Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr 3 Tu 9:30-11:00 a.m. Country Inn and Suites A

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