The Comingling of Neoliberal Ideology, Methods, and Funding in School Choice Politics and Research

Authored by: Julian Vasquez Heilig , T. Jameson Brewer , Frank Adamson

Handbook of Research on School Choice

Print publication date:  June  2019
Online publication date:  June  2019

Print ISBN: 9780815381464
eBook ISBN: 9781351210447
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When considering the politics of school choice, it is important to examine the ramifications of political ideology on market-based school choice research. This chapter points out that a sector of research suggesting positive findings of school choice models is continually conducted and promoted by ideologically driven, neoliberal organizations. To establish a background of understanding, the chapter begins with a synthesis of the pertinent literature on the conceptions and the funding of market-based school choice research. Next, it discusses the role of the production and politics of market-based school choice research for conceptualizing the current educational policy environment. In the third section, the chapter delves into the politics of using market-based school choice research, focusing on the community level. It concludes by discussing the implications of how comingling ideology, methods, and funding informs the public discourse about market-based school choice and fits into the larger conversation about education reform.

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