The Complex Web of Inequality in North American Schools: Investigating Educational Policies for Social Justice, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Complex Web of Inequality in North American Schools

Investigating Educational Policies for Social Justice, 1st Edition

Edited by Gilberto Conchas, Briana Hinga, Miguel N. Abad, Kris Gutierrez

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The Complex Web of Inequality in North American Schoolsanalyzes and challenges the critical gaps and inequalities that persist in the American school system. Showing how historical biases have been inherited in current polices relating to non-dominant youth, the text calls for educational reforms that perform in the name of social justice.

This edited collection carefully interrogates how technocratic educational policies and reforms are often unequipped to address the interplay of political, social, economic, ideological factors that are at the roots of educational injustice. Considering the most vulnerable student populations, original case studies explore how inadequate structures, practices, and beliefs have increased marginalization, and highlight those instances in which policy has proved effective in reducing opportunity gaps between economically rich and poor students; between white, Asian, Black and Latino youth; between native English speakers and second language learners; highlighting racial integration and unequal American Indian education; and for students with special educational needs. The insights into such policies shed light on the complex web of historically embedded inequities that continue to shape the construction, roll-out, and consequences of education policy for the most marginalized youth populations today.

This volume will be of interest to graduate, and postgraduate students, researchers and academics in the fields of education policy, sociology of education, economics of education, and history of education, and well as policy evaluation.

Table of Contents

List of contributors

Chapter 1: Ambitious Imaginations and Education Policy: Swimming Upstream and Unsettling Neoliberal Enclosures

PART I: "False Choices"

Chapter 2. "How long do we have to wait?: Examining school choice, selective enrollment schools, and the reproduction of racial inequality in a southern community by Sophia Rodriguez, David Bonezzi, and Kyra Koehler

Chapter 3. Education for what and whom?: The paradoxical nature of an Upward Bound program by Kevin Clay

Chapter 4. Turnaround, Mayoral Control, Minoritized Communities and Dirty Water: School Reform in an Urban District in Connecticut by James Wright

Chapter 5. The Influence of School Turnaround Leadership : An American Indian School District Case Study by Jameson D. Lopez, Evelyn C. Baca

PART II: Technical Solutions for Justice Issues

Chapter 6. (Dis)connected: Youth peer culture during a racial/ethnic integration reform by Ana Lilia Campos-Manzo, Grace Hall, Luis Enrique Ramos and Christina Ignatiadis

Chapter 7: Chapter 6. Unfinished Bridges Over the Digital Divide: Engagement and Equity in 1:1 Technology by Stacy Gherardi

Chapter 8. Policy Goes to School: How free market approach to charter schools has failed the minority students who were intended to benefit the most by Brittany Larkin and Carlee Escue Simon

Chapter 9. When Achievement Gaps are Acceptable: School-Level Data Practices and Subgroup Accountability Pressure in Economically and Racially Segregated Schools by Rachel Garver

PART III: The Legacy and Futures of Special Education

 

Chapter 10. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: The Further Marginalization of Racially and Ethnically Diverse Students for More Than 40 Years by Jennifer M. McKenzie and Ambra L. Green

Chapter 11. Civil Rights Remedies and Persistent Inequities: The Case of Racial Disproportionality in Special Education Catherine Kramarczuk Voulgarides

Chapter 12. "PAAP Season": A New Rationale for Segregating Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities by Maria Timberlake

Chapter 13: Theories from Below: Imagining Policy-Making and Policy-Analysis Beyond "Achievement" Paradigms by Socorro Cambero, Miguel N. Abad, Briana M. Hinga, and Gilberto Q. Conchas

About the Editors

Gilberto Q. Conchas is Professor of Sociology of Education at the University of California, Irvine, USA.

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

Miguel N. Abad is Doctoral Candidate in Educational Policy and Social Context at the University of California, Irvine, USA.

Kris D. Gutiérez isProfessor of learning sciences, research methodology, policy, and literacy at the University of California, Berkeley, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU040000
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects
EDU048000
EDUCATION / Inclusive Education