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Compete or Close

Traditional Neighborhood Schools Under Pressure

Julia A. McWilliams (author) Maia Cucchiara (Foreword by)

ISBN: 9781682533123

Publication Date: May 2019

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

In districts from Chicago to New York to Washington, DC, neighbourhood public schools are being forced to compete with charter schools for students and resources, often under the threat of closure. In Compete or Close, Julia McWilliams provides a compelling ethnographic study of one such school, a neighborhood high school in Philadelphia.
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In districts from Chicago to New York to Washington, DC, neighborhood public schools are being forced to compete with charter schools for students and resources, often under the threat of school closure. In Compete or Close, Julia A. McWilliams provides a compelling ethnographic study of one such school, a neighborhood high school in Philadelphia–a district where rising privatization and chronic underfunding cast these common tensions into sharp relief. The book poses two questions: What strategies do schools deploy to minimize market risk and signal their value to stakeholders–district administrators, funders, parents, and students? And how do these strategies conflict with the schools' mission to serve all children?
 
An astute and compassionate observer, McWilliams paints a devastating portrait of a neighborhood public school under siege, in which educators are panicked by the threat of closure and determined to survive at all costs. McWilliams's book is a powerful indictment of the role of competition in American education today and offers empirical evidence and a theoretical understanding of the mechanisms through which market forces may conflict with the preservation of education as a public good.
 
Pages 224
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 May 2019
Publisher Harvard Education Press
Series Education Politics and Policy
Subject/s Education  
Julia A. McWilliams is an educational anthropologist and faculty member in the Critical Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

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