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ERIC Number: EJ1129459
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0161-956X
Moral Mondays and the Defense of Public Education: The Fusion Movement against ALEC-Influenced Legislation in North Carolina
Marshall, Catherine; Tichnor-Wagner, Ariel; Johnson, Mark
Peabody Journal of Education, v92 n1 p90-102 2017
A barrage of pro-privatization policies that cascaded into North Carolina education statutes during the 2013-2014 legislative session helped spark a series of organized protests known as the Moral Monday Movement. Powerful and strategic policy networks, such as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), have made privatization and market-based reforms a prominent feature of policies affecting education governance, the teaching profession, and more. As a result, public schools have emerged as a key focal point in the struggle to protect the institutions and activities of the public sector, with actors and organizations outside of the "inner circle" of policymaking, including professional educator organizations and citizen groups, coalescing to create counter-arenas of resistance. Yet little research to date has examined the voices and actions of the constituents shut out of the center of policymaking who oppose policies that chip away at the "public" in public education. This critical case study demonstrates how North Carolina legislative policy actions evoked the formation of a fusion social movement of citizenry dedicated to the protection of public education as part of an array of other public services and protections "under attack" by the state's governing regime. First, is described the political context that gave rise to the Moral Monday Movement and the broader pro-public education counter-network.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
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