Takeover! What’s Behind the State Takeover of School Districts?

Have You Heard looks at what’s behind state takeovers of school districts. As guest Domingo Morel explains, laws authorizing states to take over urban districts appeared as a direct response to Black power at the municipal level. Today, while takeovers come shrouded in the discourse of “achievement,” the conservative logic behind them is unchanged: improving schools requires weakening the political power of the communities they are in. Full transcript coming of the episode can be accessed here.

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Further reading (and thanks to our guest Domingo Morel for putting this list of recommendations

Carr, Sarah. 2014. Hope Against Hope: Three Schools, One City, and the Struggle to Educate America’s Children. New York, NY: Bloomsbury Press

Chambers, Stefanie. 2006. Mayors and Schools: Minority Voices and Democratic Tensions in Urban Education. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

Fung, Archon. 2004. Empowered Participation: Reinventing Urban Democracy. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Henig, Jeffrey, Richard Hula, Marion Orr and Desiree Pedescleaux. 2001. The Color of School Reform: Race, Politics, and the Challenge of Urban Education. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Hochschild, Jennifer L. and Nathan Scovronick.  2004.  The American Dream and Public Schools. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Reckhow, Sarah. 2013. Follow the Money: How Foundation Dollars Change Public School Politics. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Russakoff, Dale. 2015. The Prize: Who’s In Charge of America’s Schools? New York: NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Shedd, Carla. 2015. Unequal City: Race, Schools, and Perceptions of Injustice. New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation.

Steffes, Tracy. 2012. School, Society, and State: A New Education to Govern Modern America. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.