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The Business of Education

Networks of Power and Wealth in America, 1st Edition

Edited by Joel Spring, John Eric Frankson, Corie A. McCallum, Diane Price Banks


166 pages

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The Business of Education—a comprehensive view of how education policy is made in the US and, in some cases, globally—analyzes and critiques the influence of educational policy networks in a wide range of contexts and from a variety of perspectives, including testing, college preparation, juvenile detention centers, special education, the arts, teacher evaluation systems, education of undocumented immigrants, college faculty preparation, and financial aid. A network chart in most chapters illustrates how the major political actors, mainly private philanthropic foundations, for-profit companies, government officials, and politicians involved in the network, are linked. Joel Spring, internationally renowned scholar and analyst of educational policy, situates and frames the network studies in an introduction discussing general theories of education policy networks.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 The New Politics of American Education

Joel Spring

Chapter 2 Admitting Privilege

John Eric Frankson

Chapter 3 AVID About College: A Look into AVID’s Governing Structure

Robert P. Robinson

Chapter 4 A Not So Individualized Education Plan: Examining NYC DOE Contract with MAXIMUS That Brought us SESIS

Amy Goods

Chapter 5 Turning Against (Public) Arts Education: An Arts Perspective of the Business of Education

Robert Randazzo

Chapter 6 Policy Networks and Political Decisions Influencing the Dream Act: The Power of the Dreamers

Aminata Diop

Chapter 7 The Call for Faculty Preparation

Diane Price Banks

Chapter 8 Exploring Federal Financial Aid Networks – Who Cares and Why?

Corie McCallum

Chapter 9 A Political Economy of Incarceration: Race, Schooling and the Criminal Justice System

Sakina Laksimi-Morrow

Chapter 10 A Shared Path to Success: The Promise and Challenge of Special Education in New York City

Melanie Waller

List of Contributors


About the Editors

Joel Spring is Professor at Queens College/City University of New York and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, USA.

John Eric Frankson is Assistant Program Officer in the Office of Educational Opportunity and Diversity at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, USA.

Corie A. McCallum is Student Life Specialist/Student Conduct Advisor at New York City College of Technology/City University of New York, USA.

Diane Price Banks is an Instructor in the Biological Sciences Department at Bronx Community College/City University of New York, USA.

About the Series

Sociocultural, Political, and Historical Studies in Education

This series focuses on studies of public and private institutions, the media, and academic disciplines that contribute to educating--in the broadest sense--students and the general public. The series welcomes volumes with multicultural perspectives, diverse interpretations, and a range of political points of view from conservative to critical. Books accepted for publication in this series will be written for an academic audience and, in some cases, also for use as supplementary readings in graduate and undergraduate courses.

Topics to be addressed in this series include, but are not limited to, sociocultural, political, and historical studies of

Local, state, national, and international educational systems

Elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities

Public institutions of education such as museums, libraries, and foundations

Computer systems and software as instruments of public education

The popular media as forms of public education

Content areas within the academic study of education, such as curriculum and instruction, psychology, and educational technology

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Aims & Objectives
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDUCATION / Organizations & Institutions