Policy Memo Topic
Instead of a final exam, this course has a policy memo due
in Week 8. I want to help shape your work and scope your research. Please
submit a short (no more than 250 word) summary of your policy memo topic during
Week 4 of class.
For the memo, you should imagine that you are a state or
city government policy advisor. Your governor or city mayor needs your boss to
brief them on a critical problem facing your community. You need to develop a
memo that will help your boss "get smart" on the problem and come up
with some potential solutions. It is important to select a topic that is very
As an example, selecting "education reform" is too
general. However, looking at whether your community should expand charter schools
or accept new testing standards is better scoped. This specificity will help
with your research too.
The full memo requirements are under the Assignments Tab
along with a memo template plus the grading rubric to the assignment.
for the policy memo, we only need to send the topic proposal this week and the actual memo will be due in the last week. i've sent he supporting documents - i hope they help.