ERIC Number: ED497290
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Capitalizing on Disaster: Taking and Breaking Public Schools
Saltman, Kenneth J.
Breaking new ground in studies of business involvement in schooling, this book dissects the most powerful educational reforms and highlights their relationship to the rise of powerful think tanks and business groups. Over the past several decades, there has been a strong movement to privatize public schooling through business ventures. At the beginning of the millennium, this privatization project looked moribund as both the Edison Schools and Knowledge Universe foundered. Nonetheless, privatization is back. The new face of educational privatization replaces public schooling with EMOs, vouchers, and charter schools at an alarming rate. In both disaster and nondisaster areas, officials designate schools as failed in order to justify replacement with new, unproven models. Saltman examines how privatization policies such as No Child Left Behind are designed to deregulate schools, favoring business while undermining public oversight. Examining current policies in New Orleans, Chicago, and Iraq, this book shows how the struggle for public schooling is essential to the struggle for a truly democratic society.
Descriptors: School Business Relationship, Politics of Education, Federal Legislation, Public Education, Educational Change, Privatization, Educational Administration, Educational Vouchers, Charter Schools, Democracy
Paradigm Publishers. P.O. Box 605, Herndon, VA 20172-0605. Tel: 800-887-1591; Fax: 703-661-1501; Web site: http://www.paradigmpublishers.com
Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001