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ERIC Number: EJ820395
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1366-4530
Privatization and Its Impact on Urban School Reform: Table Top Theory as a Guiding Conceptual Framework
Jones, Bruce Anthony
Teacher Development, v12 n4 p319-328 Nov 2008
This article focuses on the growing role of the private sector in public education and the implications of this role on issues of social justice and leadership in public schooling. In the USA, until the early 1980s, teachers, school administrators, and professional school staff provided leadership in areas of curriculum and instructional development. However, increasingly curriculum and instructional development is being outsourced to national and internationally based private firms. Numerous public school systems have begun to engage in outsourcing and privatization of academic functions at an unprecedented rate. The author sheds light on one example of a privatization strategy in urban school reform by drawing from research conducted in 2003-2004 in the St Louis Public School District. From both an academic and democratic standpoint, the reform effort was a disappointment. Through his conceptual framework Table Top Theory, the author explains why the strategy did not succeed and what this may mean for privatization and urban school reform initiatives across the United States. (Contains 1 table, 1 figure and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri