1st Edition

Educational Policy Goes to School Case Studies on the Limitations and Possibilities of Educational Innovation

    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    Educational policies explicitly implemented in order to reduce educational gaps and promote access and success for disenfranchised youth can backfire—and often have the unintended result of widening those gaps. In this interdisciplinary collection of case studies, contributors examine cases of policy backfire, when policies don’t work, have unintended consequences, and when policies help. Although policy reform is thought of as an effective way to improve schooling structures and to diminish the achievement gap, many such attempts to reform the system do not adequately address the legacy of unequal policies and the historic and pervasive inequalities that persist in schools. Exploring the roots of school inequality and examining often-ignored negative policy outcomes, contributors illuminate the causes and consequences of poor policymaking decisions and demonstrate how policies can backfire, fail, or have unintended success.

    Chapter 1: Introduction: Conceptualizing the Intricacies that are Concomitant in Educational Policy Making that Determine Success, Backfire and Everything in Between

    Leticia Oseguera, Miguel Abad, Jacob Kirksey, Briana Hinga, Gilberto Conchas, and Michael Gottfried

    Part 1: Backfire

    Chapter 2: How Equity and Social Justice Urban Education Choice Campaigns in Detroit are Masquerading Backfire and the Worsening the Status Quo

    Cassie J. Brownell

    Chapter 3: When Policies that Impact Students with Significant Disabilities in Michigan Backfire

    Mark E. Deschaine

    Chapter 4: When Zero-Tolerance Discipline Policies in the United States Backfire

    Hugh Potter and Brian Boggs

    Chapter 5: When Free Schools in England and Charter Schools in the United States Backfire

    Graham Downes and Catherine A. Simon

    Part 2: Failure

    Chapter 6: When High-Stakes Accountability Measures Impact Promising Practices in an Indigenous-serving Charter School

    V. Anthony-Stevens

    Chapter 7: How Public-Private Partnerships Contribute to Educational Policy Failure

    Frank Fernandez, Karla I. Loya, and Leticia Oseguera

    Chapter 8: The Failure of Accountability in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program

    Michael R. Ford & William Velez

    Chapter 9: How Centralized Implementation Policies Failed the Austrian New Middle School Process

    Corinna Geppert

    Part 3: Unintended

    Chapter 10: The Unintended Consequences of School Vouchers: Rise, Rout and Rebirth

    Aaron Saiger

    Chapter 11: Challenges and Unintended Consequences of Student Centered Learning

    Lea Hubbard and Amanda Datnow

    Chapter 12: School Discipline Policies That Result in Unintended Consequences for Latino Male Students’ College Aspirations

    Adrian H. Huerta, Sha


    Gilberto Q. Conchas is Professor of Educational Policy and Social Context, University of California, Irvine, USA.

    Michael A. Gottfried is Assistant Professor of Education Policy, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.

    Briana M. Hinga is Assistant Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California, USA.

    Leticia Oseguera is an Associate Professor of Higher Education at the Pennsylvania State University, USA.