1st Edition

School Choice and the Impact of COVID-19 Parent Frustration, Accountability, and a Time of Reckoning For American Public Schools

By Michael Guo-Brennan Copyright 2024
    318 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    318 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Through the broad lens of political economy and centred around education reform policy, this essential book provides an in-depth analysis of the current state of American public education and the impact of Covid-19 on calls for change.

    Drawing upon evidence from nations that routinely outperform America, this text proposes a more holistic approach to accountability and improvement within the American public education system. Chapters explore the issues faced by the current American public education system and proposes potential solutions, including:

    • the role of government as provider of education services;
    • liberty, democracy, and freedom and the ability of parents to control their child’s education;
    • growing frustration with schools, public policies surrounding Covid and other potential crises; and
    • how these concerns will impact the school choice movement.

    This is an important read for researchers and postgraduate students in education, teachers, parents, public policy makers and appointed government officials who wish to improve the quality of public education. Whether for or against school choice, this book will leave you better informed on current issues of American public education.

    Part I American Education Today;  1. Education Inequality and School Choice;  2. Schools are not the Post Office or the DMV;  3. The Rise of School Choice;  4. Who Pays;  Part II The Impact of Covid;  5. Shutdowns, Shutdowns, and More Shutdowns;  6. The Challenges of Overnight Online Education;  7. Why are Parents Abandoning the Public Schools;  Part III Education Democracy;  8. Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?;  9. Why Not;  10. Extending Liberty and Democracy to Parents;  Part IV Directions for the Future;  11. Parental Liberty;  12. The Day of Reckoning is Coming, Can We Save Public Education?


    Dr. Michael Guo-Brennan is Associate Professor in Public Administration at Troy University, USA.