Tracing the DNA of the American Charter School Movement
Speaker: Dr. Shane Goodridge, UCI School of Education
Dr. Shane Goodridge PhD., University of California, School of Education, will speak about his research on the historical context of the charter school movement in the United States.
Over three million children in the United States are currently enrolled in charter schools, with increasing enrollments despite NO strong evidence of academic gains. My historical research moves beyond a focus on academic outcomes and traces the success of the charter school movement, in part, to the foundational premise of restoring agency to educational stakeholders. State mandated schooling was a counterintuitive feature of American policy that chafed against the founding ideals of the Republic and gradually engendered resentment amongst, mostly white conservatives. Concurrently, in the aftermath of Brown v Board of Education factions of African-American policy makers began to look for equitable educational alternatives. The unlikely alliance of these two antithetical constituencies resulted in the creation of a unique – albeit fragile – coalition and the passing of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program and paved the way for the nation’s inaugural charter school policy passed in Minnesota in 1991
Cost: $20 lunch and speaker, $5 speaker only
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