ERIC Number: EJ1050832
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 135
The Politics of Parental Involvement: How Opportunity Hoarding and Prying Shape Educational Opportunity
Lyken-Segosebe, Dawn; Hinz, Serena E.
Peabody Journal of Education, v90 n1 p93-112 2015
As more state legislatures join the debate on school-choice and parent-trigger legislation, their discussions draw attention to an evolving landscape outside school walls where parental action shapes educational opportunity. Parents wield their political, social, economic, and cultural capital to secure the best educational outcomes for their children. This paper identifies the political frames that distinguish the educational opportunity-seeking behavior of middle-, working-, and lower-class parents. Rational choice and interest group theories are used to explain the politics of middle-class "opportunity hoarding" by way of tracking and school-choice practices. Policy entrepreneurship and interest group theory provide the frameworks to explain the support for vouchers and parent-trigger laws by lower- and working-class parents as part of their "opportunity-prying" efforts.
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Middle Class, Working Class, School Choice, Politics of Education, Educational Opportunities, Parent Influence, Social Class, Social Influences, Scores, Track System (Education), Equal Education, Educational Vouchers, Public Schools, Educational Legislation
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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