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Author Buras, Kristen L., author.

Title Charter schools, race, and urban space : where the market meets grassroots resistance / Kristen L. Buras
Published New York : Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (216 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series The critical educator
Critical educator.
Contents 1. Black Education in the South: Critical Race Reflections on the Historic Policy Landscape -- 2. The Assault on Black Children by Education Entrepreneurs: Charter Schools, Whiteness, and Accumulation by Dispossession -- 3. Keeping King Elementary School on the Map: Racial Resistance and the Politics of Place in the Lower 9th Ward -- 4. The Closing of Douglass High School: Counterstories on the Master's Plan for Reconstruction -- 5. The Culture of the Education Market: Teach for America, Union Busting, and the Displacement of Black Veteran Teachers -- 6. New Orleans: A Guide for Cities or a Warning for Communities? Lessons Learned from the Bottom-Up (with Urban South Grassroots Research Collective)
Summary "Charter schools have been promoted as an equitable and innovative solution to the problems plaguing urban schools. Advocates claim that charter schools benefit working-class students of color by offering them access to a 'portfolio' of school choices. In Charter Schools, Race, and Urban Space, Kristen Buras presents a very different account. Her case study of New Orleans--where veteran teachers were fired en masse and the nation's first all-charter school district was developed--shows that such reform is less about the needs of racially oppressed communities and more about the production of an urban space economy in which white entrepreneurs capitalize on black children and neighborhoods. In this revealing book, Buras draws on critical theories of race, political economy, and space, as well as a decade of research on the ground to expose the criminal dispossession of black teachers and students who have contributed to New Orleans' culture and history. Mapping federal, state, and local policy networks, she shows how the city's landscape has been reshaped by a strategic venture to privatize public education. She likewise chronicles grassroots efforts to defend historic schools and neighborhoods against this assault, revealing a commitment to equity and place and articulating a vision of change that is sure to inspire heated debate among communities nationwide"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Business and education -- Louisiana -- New Orleans
Charter schools -- Louisiana -- New Orleans
Community and school -- Louisiana -- New Orleans
Education and state -- Louisiana -- New Orleans
Education -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Citizen participation
Educational change -- Louisiana -- New Orleans
Public schools -- Louisiana -- New Orleans
Racism in education -- Louisiana -- New Orleans
Urban schools -- Louisiana -- New Orleans
Business and education.
Charter schools.
Community and school.
EDUCATION -- Educational Policy & Reform -- General.
EDUCATION -- General.
Education and state.
Education -- Citizen participation.
Educational change.
Public schools.
Racism in education.
Urban schools.
Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0203067002