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ERIC Number: EJ1101340
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 92
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1558-2159
Rethinking School Choice: Educational Options, Control, and Sovereignty in Indian Country
Castagno, Angelina E.; Garcia, David R.; Blalock, Nicole
Journal of School Choice, v10 n2 p227-248 2016
Despite the plethora of schooling options in Indigenous communities, the public policy debate, research, and discourse on school choice is almost entirely absent a specific engagement with how school choice intersects issues relevant to American Indian youth and tribal nations. This article suggests that Indian Country is an important and unique context for understanding the meaning and processes of school choice because of the government-to-government relationship between tribal nations and the federal government, the sovereign status of tribal nations, the nation-building goals of tribes, and the muddled history of schooling options within Native communities. We offer an alternative way of conceptualizing "school choice" that is more applicable to Indigenous communities and that has yet to be articulated in the literature. First, while schooling options have existed in Indian Country for much longer than has been the case in other communities, the presence of schooling options has not historically been centered upon offering youth and families "choices." Instead, it has been about "control"--control of the schooling offered to Indigenous youth, and therefore, control of youth and communities themselves. Second, while school choice policies focus on "autonomy" as an important governance principle to prompt change in traditional public school systems, "sovereignty" has and remains the most salient governance issue within Indigenous communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona