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ERIC Number: EJ1200041
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jan
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0895-9048
"The State Pulled a Fast One on Us": A Critical Policy Analysis of State-Level Policies Affecting English Learners from District-Level Perspectives
Sampson, Carrie
Educational Policy, v33 n1 p158-180 Jan 2019
States' increasing involvement in educational policy making can play a significant role in how school districts provide equitable educational opportunities. Guided by critical policy analysis, the purpose of this article is to examine state-level policy pertaining to English learners (ELs) from district-level perspectives. Based on interview and archival data from a multiple case study of three metropolitan school districts in different states, district-level perspectives illustrate how these state-level policies were symbolic, restrictive, or exclusionary toward ELs. The results also demonstrate ways that districts advocated, engaged, resisted, and navigated state-level policies and politics. Based on these findings, I argue that state-level policies and related politics can compromise school districts' ability to provide ELs with adequate educational opportunities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Nevada; Utah