ERIC Number: EJ1001565
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
Turnaround as Reform: Opportunity for Meaningful Change or Neoliberal Posturing?
Mette, Ian M.
Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, v43 n4 p317-342 May 2013
This study explores the neoliberal agenda of turnaround school reform efforts in America by examining the application and transformation of a Midwest State Turnaround Schools Project for the public school system. Perceptions of administrators and state-level policy actors are considered. Data were collected from 13 participants during the implementation of the statewide turnaround program and the analysis focused on the neoliberal ideology during the implementation of the State Turnaround Schools Project. Corporate infiltration and funding leverage reflect the sticky web of policymakers and private corporations and their influence. District communication, support, and shared accountability underscore important lessons in leadership for turnaround school programs. Successful schools transformed the turnaround policy implementation by involving communities and restructuring their school district. However, the neoliberal agenda revealed the impact of government labeling, restructuring, and reallocating resources for under-performing schools and unveiling the infiltration of private corporations behind turnaround policy and student achievement. This alarming finding points to how turnaround school policy implementation weakens control of democratically elected authorities and stagnates critical thinking that challenges the interests behind turnaround school policy.
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Educational Change, Neoliberalism, Educational Policy, Public Schools, Administrator Attitudes, Program Implementation, Educational Finance, Accountability, Corporations, Leadership
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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