From affordable housing to AIDS, charter schools to gay rights, gender justice to higher education in an entrepreneurial era, his latest project, David Kirp addresses complex and controversial social issues. Trained as a lawyer, he was the founding director of the Center for Law and Education, which pursues equal educational opportunity issues in courts and legislatures. He has also been a journalist, and his work draws on an array of disciplines including sociology, political science, history and economics.
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How have school districts dealt with the coronavirus pandemic? David Kirp, a professor of public policy at UC Berkeley, has completed a new book, "Greater Expectations," about three school districts and how they have responded to the coronavirus pandemic. Kirp writes, "Man plans, God laughs, as the adage goes. COVID-19 affected every aspect of education, even as it affected every aspect of our lives. In an attempt to halt the spread of the virus, principals, superintendents and then governors closed the schools. The wave of closures began in late February 2020, and by the first week of May all but two states had ordered that schools be shut for the rest of the school year."