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Detroit School Series: Leanne Kang on Reshaping Public Schooling

Detroit School Series: Leanne Kang on Reshaping Public Schooling

"New Style Governance: Reshaping Public Schooling in Detroit, 1981-2014"

Speaker: Leanne Kang
Location: Rackham West Conference Room (4th floor)

Leanne Kang completed her dissertation, “The Dismantling of an Urban School System: Detroit, 1980-2014,” in 2015 at the University of Michigan. She is now a Visiting Professor at the College of Education at Grand Valley State University. In this talk, Kang will discuss a working article adapted from her dissertation. For a copy of the article, "New Style Governance: Reshaping Public Schooling in Detroit, 1981-2014," please email pcooperm@umich.edu. Kang welcomes your feedback on the draft.

Abstract: "Until recently, most researchers have treated the flurry of school reforms in the United States during the last 30 years as separate initiatives.  However, a few have begun to explain how charter schools, school choice, mayoral control, emergency management, and state takeover are part of a broader shift in how public schools are governed.  This paper further examines this idea by treating policies that affected the Detroit Public Schools between 1981 and 2014 as an era of educational change.  So far, education historians have identified two governing patterns in U.S. schooling history: the village school model in the early national period and the one best system model in the 20th century.  This paper argues that, at least in Detroit, a third governing pattern is emerging.  Five key school reforms have enabled a new set of actors to dismantle the traditional school system by applying market-based approaches; this new form of public education governance includes a variety of governmental and nongovernmental groups.  Situated within the context of post-WWII Detroit, its fiscal crisis and racial politics, this paper concludes by discussing the problems and potentials of radically reshaping public schooling in the 21st century."

For more on the Detroit School series, please see http://www.umich.edu/~detsch/.
 

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