Urban Education Policy—Promoting Equal Opportunity for Disadvantaged Youth?
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Department: Milano General Curriculum
Course Number: NURP 5022
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course examines the K-12 education system in major U.S. cities and the extent it is meeting its objective of promoting equal opportunity for all city youth. The first part of the course focuses on the history of the urban education system and the roots of issues like school segregation and special policies and programs for disadvantaged youth like the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The course then explores several urban education policies and interventions including efforts to improve teacher preparation and evaluation, school privatization and choice, standards and accountability, and work based learning and career and technical education. We explore the topics from a range of perspectives and attempt to discern their effectiveness in improving outcomes for disadvantaged students.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions


Not open to Freshman students.

Not open to Junior students.

Not open to Sophomore students.