Development of a briefing memorandum related to the intergovernmental aspect of education, urban policy, or a topic of your own choosing. The last area should draw upon your own experiences in the Public sector as much as possible, or an area of interest.

In writing this memo, you will take the role of a local government or public interest group staff member (pick one). You are writing to your superior to influence the postulation of policy on the mandate that follows your belief. This is an advocacy memo.

The purpose of this briefing memo is to argue in favor or against a policy position. A persuasive argument backed by evidence and clarity and reasoning is critical. Do not argue for or against the entire Act or program. Pick a component and a position on that. As examples: Should the United States develop a national Education Curriculum? Do not cut and paste or paraphrase sources. Be sure to source your materials either by footnote or with a list of sources.

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To: The Manager
From: Public Interest Group, staff member
Subject: Case of development of national education curriculum in the United States
Providing quality education has been one of the primary aims of Government since it helps to shape the human resources of the economy and make them efficient and capable. Educated people have the ability to think and take the country forward. As America has been aiming to enhance its educational infrastructure to increase the global competitiveness of its schools, there have been rising concerns over the issue of development of a national curriculum. As reported by Gewertz (2010), the Obama administration has been pushing for common assessments which would replace the state assessments. They are seeking to nationalize education by linking funding to the use of common standards that have been developed at the federal level. Such practices would make the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) as mandatory as institutions need funding and these standards would no longer retain their voluntary status. Customization of education is very important to the needs of the students and nationalization practices can prove to be inconsistent with this practice.
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