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56.050 - Rationales and Realities of Market-Based School Restructuring: Evidence of Exacerbated Class Stratification Across Four Domains

Sun, April 30, 2:15 to 3:45pm, Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Floor: Second Floor, Lone Star Ballroom Salon E

Session Type: Symposium


Since the late 1980’s, market based school reform has promised to inject private sector values of competition, choice, efficiency, and accountability into the allegedly “bureaucratic” and “inefficient” public sector. This panel examines the results of this approach across four domains: the student, the teacher, the school, and the district/system. Using a variety of research methods, the papers find that market based reforms actually exacerbate class stratification at each level examined. The significance of these studies is that, despite the promises and “rationales” of market-based reform, the “reality” is that these reforms in fact worsen economic and other forms of inequality. Considering these studies across domains provides more robust evidence for rethinking the now commonplace implementation of market based school reforms.

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