Mark Paige


Mark Paige, PhD

Professor / Chairperson

Public Policy




Liberal Arts 325


2011University of Wisconsin-MadisonPhD
2007University of Wisconsin-MadisonJD
1997Tufts UniversityBA


  • Education law
  • School finance
  • Special education law




Online and Continuing Education Courses

Overview of how education is financed in the United States and the national, state, and local strategies used to support education. Students will engage in an analysis of the complexity and magnitude of education as an important resource in the public sector. This course will expose students to a critical understanding of how the American economy provides funding for public education, how funds are administered, and trends toward more efficient utilization of resources.

Practical application of appropriate social science research methodology to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of public and non-profit sector programs and policies. Covers a broad range of topics including how to develop an evaluation plan, how to design various types of evaluations such as process, impact, cost-benefit, and cost-effectiveness evaluations, and how to manage evaluation projects.
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Examining the foundations of American Education. In this course students will gain a historical and philosophical critical understanding of change in American Education from the colonial times to the present. They will analyze the interdisciplinary nature of the foundations of education with a focus on the intersections of culture, knowledge, and power.
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Comprehensive review of legal issues impacting public education in the United States. Attention is given to role of law as an agent of in shaping educational policy and practice in the United States. Topics include constitutional issues as they relate to rights of students, teachers, and parents. The course also assesses various state sources of law (statutes and state court decisions, and regulations) that impact public education. Students gain an understanding of how key concepts in educational policy have been addressed through the law.
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Research interests

  • Education Law
  • Education Policy
  • Labor Relations

Select publications

  • Paige, Mark A. (2011).
    "Book Review: Freedom of Choice: Vouchers in American Education"
    Teachers College Record
  • Paige, Mark A. (2011).
    "Commentary: Teacher Evaluation Reform: Finding the Forest Through the Trees"
    Teachers College Record
  • Paige, Mark A. (2011).
    "Book Review: Courts & Kids."
    American Journal of Education, 117 (4), 603-606.
  • DeMitchell, Todd F. & Paige, Mark A. (2010).
    “School Uniform: Symbols or Substance? A Law and Policy Analysis.”
    Education Law Reporter, 250(3), 846-1169.
  • Paige, Mark A. (2009).
    Commentary: “The Case for School Law in Teacher Preparation Programs.”
    Teachers College Record

Mark Paige researches legal issues in education and their educational policy dimensions. In particular, he focuses on the law relates to teacher evaluation, collective bargaining, public school finance, as well as special education law.