Liberal Ideologies and Federal School Reform: Following Individualism, Meliorism, and Neutrality Through SIG Policy to Adelante Alternative School

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Abstract

By exploring how liberalism is at work through a federally driven effort to improve academic achievement in schools serving youth of color and those from low-income communities, this article attempts to advance an understanding of the mechanisms that reify structural inequity in urban schools. Based on both a critical analysis of School Improvement Grant (SIG) policy and qualitative data from a school undergoing SIG reform, this article illustrates the power of individualism, meliorism, and presumed neutrality to shape schooling and the ways educators engage in school reform.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)370-392
Number of pages23
JournalUrban Education
Volume56
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2021

Keywords

  • academic achievement
  • case studies
  • ethnography
  • liberalism
  • multicultural schools
  • racism
  • School Improvement Grants
  • school reform
  • urban
  • urban education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Urban Studies

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