Approximately half of American public schools students are educated in urban schools. Though much of the state of Nebraska is considered rural, many smaller Nebraska towns experience the same problems as schools located in areas that are technically defined as urban. This graduate level course is designed to provide a framework understanding of urban education. The course includes critical examination of issues that impact urban schools, and how the context of urban schools impact the community including students, teachers, parents, policymakers, and taxpayers. Students will explore the political, social, and pedagogical issues that confront and challenge educators in urban schools.