Neoliberalism and Public Education Finance Policy in Canada
Reframing Educational Leadership as Entrepreneurship
This book uses a multi-dimensional conceptual framework to demonstrate how neoliberal forces have been manifested through changes to K–12 public education finance policy in British Columbia, Canada between 2001 and 2015.
The text offers in-depth critical policy analysis to illustrate how the public education system has been impacted by the emergence of a hybrid model of public-private funding. By examining the impacts of this neoliberalized model, in which school districts must compete for public funding and engage in for-profit activities, the book highlights emerging financial inequalities; exacerbated inequities for students; increased entrepreneurialism; closer alignment of administrators’ subjectivities with a managerial approach to educational leadership; and an illusion of local autonomy. Ultimately, the text makes powerful contributions by calling attention to detrimental processes of neoliberalization, marketization, and privatization within public education, as well as the managerialization of educational leadership.
This text will benefit researchers, academics, educators, and educational leaders with an interest in the politics of education policy and finance, school district leadership, international and comparative education, and the sociology of education.
Table of Contents
1: Introduction: Neoliberalized Education Finance Policy and Entrepreneurial Educational Leadership
2: The History and Rationality of Neoliberalism and Its Impacts in/on Public Education
3: The Emergence of Market-Oriented Education Finance Policy in British Columbia
4: Localized Responses to the Market-Oriented Education Finance Policy
5: The Spatial Inequities of Market-Oriented Education Finance Policy
6: Negotiating Subjectivities: Responsibilization and the Political Agency of School District Administrators
7: Moving Toward Public Education and Educational Leadership for the Common Good
Wendy Poole is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia, Canada.
Vicheth Sen currently teaches in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia, Canada.
Gerald Fallon is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia, Canada.