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ZHCES organises a seminar by Prof. John Portz

ZHCES organises a seminar by Prof. John Portz

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ZHCES organises a seminar by Prof. John Portz
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Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies
School of Social Sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru University


ZHCES Seminar Series


American Federalism and School Education Policy: Sharing Responsibility and Power to Meet Today’s Challenges


Prof. John Portz, Department of Political Science
Northeastern University
Boston, USA


Abstract: Education policy in America faces many challenges. From the outset, federalism provides a setting in which three levels of government – national, state, and local – play different roles in this system. Both cooperation and conflict are present in this intergovernmental design. Actors across this system turn their attention to a series of key challenges, including adequate and equitable funding, changing demographics, pressures for school choice, improving student performance, and ensuring accountability. In this presentation we look at these various issues to better understand how excellence and equity fare in this intergovernmental policy world.


Bio: John Portz is a professor in political science at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, USA. His research and teaching interests focus on American politics and include education policy, federalism, and institutional leadership. His recent publication is Educational Accountability and American Federalism: Moving Beyond a Test-Based Approach (Routledge, 2023). He is currently a Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Scholar affiliated with the Centre for Canadian, U.S. and Latin American Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. In addition to his academic work, in the past he served as an elected member of his home community’s school board and city council.


DATE: 10 April, 2024 (Wednesday)
TIME: 03.00 pm
Venue: # 207, SSS-II

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