ERIC Number: EJ1111130
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Contesting the Public School: Reconsidering Charter Schools as Counterpublics
Wilson, Terri S.
American Educational Research Journal, v53 n4 p919-952 Aug 2016
Although technically open to all, charter schools often emphasize distinctive missions that appeal to particular groups of students and families. These missions, especially ones focusing on ethnic, linguistic, and cultural differences, also contribute to segregation between schools. Such schools raise normative questions about the aims of education. Are they a troubling retreat from an integrated public school system? Or are they new public spaces relevant to the needs of certain communities? Through a case study of one potentially "counterpublic" school, I describe how this school embodied aspects of public-ness. I argue that a counterpublic framework--in emphasizing shared decision making, expanded discursive space, and a publicist orientation--offers resources for considering under what circumstances distinctive schools might serve public goals.
Descriptors: Public Schools, Charter Schools, Case Studies, School Segregation, School Choice, Parents, Experience, Interviews, Parent Participation, Bias, Cultural Differences
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