Students will choose a significant educational policy initiative that is of particular interest to them. A list of possible topics (however not limited to these topics) is provided on in the syllabus. The analysis will include: A tightly organized discussion of the problem(s), issue(s), values, and influences that precipitated and shaped the policy. An illuminating description of the major objective(s) of the policy, that is, of the intent of the architects of the policy to the extent that such intent can be determined or plausibly inferred An outline and critique of the policy development process An explanation of the key policy instruments used and a critique of their appropriateness. A description and critical analysis of the implementation process with particular attention to the resemblanceor lack thereofof policy outcomes to the original intent of the policy-makers involved and to probable reasons for this state of affairs. For very recent policy initiatives, this task may require plausible speculation on outcomes, both intended and unintended. Appropriate use should be made of relevant theoretical approaches to understanding educational policy-making, both those considered in class and those in the policy literature that are pertinent to the policy you are analyzing. An evaluation of the policy on its own merits as you perceive them in the given context. Where negative critique is offered, viable policy alternatives should be at least suggested. The analysis should be approximately 10 to 12 pages in length (recommended). The paper should double-spaced, 12 point font and New Times Roman.