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MA Thesis Defense - Rebecca Daugherty
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MA Thesis Defense - Rebecca Daugherty

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Title:  "The Presence of Neoliberal Ideology in State Charter School Policies"

Student: Rebecca Daugherty,  M.A. student in Education Policy

Commitee Members: Dr. Maureen Porter, Dr. Hayley Weddle, Dr. Emily Rainey 

Dissertation Abstract: The United States’ public education system is no stranger to robust efforts of educational reform. The past 50 years have seen various forms of local and institutional attempts to reform the public education system, but perhaps no reform has been as extensive and successful as the charter school movement. Charter schools are publicly funded but privately run schools of choice that prioritize autonomy and accountability above all else. On the surface, they seem harmless to the public education system—simply a reform that puts the power of choice back into parents’ and students’ hands. But charter schools as an institutional reform represent a new kind of threat to our public education system: neoliberalism. Neoliberalism as an ideology postulates free-market ideals, such as competition, individualism, and deregulation, as necessary means for social well-being in all aspects of life, not just the economic sphere. This study uses content analysis with literature-based a priori codes to examine the presence of neoliberal ideals in state charter school policies. All state charter school policies were found to have some level of neoliberal ideology. The results of this study are consistent with previous literature and demonstrate a compelling account of the connection between neoliberalism and charter schools.

Monday, December 4 at 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Wesley W. Posvar Hall, 5315
230 S Bouquet St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

MA Thesis Defense - Rebecca Daugherty

Title:  "The Presence of Neoliberal Ideology in State Charter School Policies"

Student: Rebecca Daugherty,  M.A. student in Education Policy

Commitee Members: Dr. Maureen Porter, Dr. Hayley Weddle, Dr. Emily Rainey 

Dissertation Abstract: The United States’ public education system is no stranger to robust efforts of educational reform. The past 50 years have seen various forms of local and institutional attempts to reform the public education system, but perhaps no reform has been as extensive and successful as the charter school movement. Charter schools are publicly funded but privately run schools of choice that prioritize autonomy and accountability above all else. On the surface, they seem harmless to the public education system—simply a reform that puts the power of choice back into parents’ and students’ hands. But charter schools as an institutional reform represent a new kind of threat to our public education system: neoliberalism. Neoliberalism as an ideology postulates free-market ideals, such as competition, individualism, and deregulation, as necessary means for social well-being in all aspects of life, not just the economic sphere. This study uses content analysis with literature-based a priori codes to examine the presence of neoliberal ideals in state charter school policies. All state charter school policies were found to have some level of neoliberal ideology. The results of this study are consistent with previous literature and demonstrate a compelling account of the connection between neoliberalism and charter schools.

Monday, December 4 at 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Wesley W. Posvar Hall, 5315
230 S Bouquet St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Event Type

Defenses

Topic

Teaching

Target Audience

Faculty

University Unit
School of Education

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