Public Policy In-Depth

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Provides students with a comprehensive understanding of key policy issues.

Each unit introduces students to a broad policy topic that informs the current legislative agenda and uses framing questions and current controversies to explore multiple sides of an issue.

What are some of the topics this library explores?

  • Economy: Should Congress raise the federal minimum wage?
  • Energy and the environment: Should the development of renewable energy be a federal government priority?
  • Foreign policy: Should the United States downsize its role in global affairs?
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What are the additional resources included for teachers?

  • Reading guides and answer keys for each unit,
  • Debate formats to shape productive classroom discussions,
  • Assignments to move students from conceptual understanding to the practical application of ideas,
  • Project outlines for in-depth research and multi-tiered civic action, and
  • Thematic lesson plans for tying it all together.

42nd Edition Current Issues Textbook

Close Up’s Current Issues textbook is available in paperback as an add-on option to the online Public Policy digital library.  Ideal for schools that prefer textbooks, the 42nd edition includes ten Public Policy units to give students a broad understanding of key policy issues and relevant modern-day debates.


For more information, please contact us at or 703-706-3410.