Critical Perspectives on School Choice

An Examination of Race, Class, and Gender in School Choice Policies

Authored by: Adrienne D. Dixson , Chaddrick James-Gallaway , Nancy D. Cardenas , Ruqayyah Perkins-Williams

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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This chapter reviews the large body of literature described as school choice. Specifically, it examines three areas: charter schools, vouchers, and magnet schools. These education reform policies are premised on the notion of addressing racial inequity by offering parents and students—particularly those of color—options that ensure that schools are racially diverse. To the contrary, the chapter argues that such policies reflect broader societal inequities along race and class and goes on to look more closely at these inequities across those three domains. The chapter intentionally centers race, class, and gender as its analytical focus with a scholarly skepticism of what it views as neoliberal education policies.

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