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A Good Investment?Philanthropy and the Marketing of Race in an Urban Public School$
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Amy Brown

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816691128

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816691128.001.0001

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Beyond the Spectacle

Beyond the Spectacle

(p.200) Afterword Beyond the Spectacle
A Good Investment?

Amy Brown

University of Minnesota Press

In the afterword, the author uses her findings to make recommendations for education policy and teaching practice. The author also questions how given the United State’s entrenchment in competition and marketization of schools, and given the way in which racial meaning is tied into this, what is one to do besides critique the status quo? The political spectacle in which staff, students, families, and parents participate at College Preparatory Academy is undergirded by the requirements of federal and local accountability mandates. These mandates often dictate the ways in which funds are transferred from the government and other public institutions to private organizations, or vice versa (Burch 2006, 2009; Koyama 2010). In this section the author wonders about how in this educational climate and current, what are the opportunities for reworking these relationships that allow for the possibility of democratic and equitable education, antiracism, and the strengthening of civil society (C. Katz 2004)?

Keywords:   education policy, teaching practice, marketization of schools, political spectacle, accountability mandates, public institutions, private organizations, funds, equitable education, antiracism

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