New Orleans school choice reform: a world-class system or a magnificent mirage? Public Deposited

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  • Turner, Kea
    • Affiliation: School of Education
  • The goal of this paper is to center race as an analytical tool for examining education reform in New Orleans post-Katrina. Using a Critical Race Theory lens, this work is guided by three research questions: how do neoliberal school choice policies operate in New Orleans, how does Critical Race Theory enhance our understanding of New Orleans school reform, and how can we build an alternative framework for reform that takes into consideration educational outcomes for African American students? In order to address these questions, I review the literature on neoliberal school reform and school choice with regard to equity. Drawing from Critical Race Theory, I analyze school choice reform recommendations posed by the Bring New Orleans Back Commission and the negative impact reforms have had on many African American families. The paper concludes with an alternative framework for New Orleans school reform and suggests further areas of research.
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  • Parsons, Eileen
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