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What’s Race Got To Do With It?

How Current School Reform Policy Maintains Racial and Economic Inequality, Second Edition


Edited By Edwin Mayorga, Ujju Aggarwal and Bree Picower

The first edition of What’s Race Got to Do With It (2015) addressed a moment when those working on the ground—activists, educators, young people, and families—were trying to understand and fight back against neoliberal education reforms (e.g., high stakes testing, school closings, and charter schools), while uncovering what race had to do with it all in the context of a supposedly post-racial United States. In the years since, the steady and grounded work of social movements has increased the visibility and critique of privatization, market-based reforms, and segregation; demonstrating the interlocking connections between racism and capitalism. In this period we have also seen an intensified attack on public education (alongside other public infrastructures) and a return to a more overt "racism as we knew it." This new edition of What’s Race continues the examination of neoliberal education reforms as they are being rolled back (or reworked) to track the changes and continuities of recent years—revealing the ways in which market-driven education reforms work with and through race—and share grassroots stories of resistance to these reforms. It is hoped that this new edition will continue to sharpen readers’ analyses concerning what we are working to defend and what we are working to transform, and provides a guide to action that emboldens the collective struggle for justice.

Acknowledgments – Edwin Mayorga/Ujju Aggarwal/Bree Picower: Introduction to the Second Edition – Wayne Au: High-Stakes Testing: A Tool for White Supremacy for Over 100 Years – Edwin Mayorga/Tom Liam Lynch: Data Analytics: Population Racism and the Dangers of "Objective" Educational Data – Brian Jones: Keys to the Schoolhouse: Black Teachers, Education Reform and the Growing Teacher Rebellion – Ujju Aggarwal: School Choice: Raced Rights and Neoliberal Restructuring – David Stovall: Mayoral Control: Reform, Whiteness and Critical Race Analysis of Neoliberal Educational Policy – Pauline Lipman: School Closings: Racial Capitalism, State Violence and Resistance – Terrenda White: Charter Schools: Demystifying Whiteness in a Market of "No Excuses" Charter Schools – Amy Brown: Philanthrocapitalism: Race, Class and the Nonprofit Industrial Complex in a New York City School – Rick Ayers/William Ayers: Afterword: A Letter to the Resistance – About the Editors – About the Contributors – Index.