How Current School Reform Policy Maintains Racial and Economic Inequality
2. Mayoral Control: Reform, Whiteness, and Critical Race Analysis of Neoliberal Educational Policy
The following chapter is an attempt to articulate theoretical and praxis-oriented analysis of the realities of mayoral control (MC) through the broader ideology of Whiteness and the current project of neoliberal school reform. To understand mayoral control as ideology and policy, critical race theory (CRT) is used to gain a further understanding of its function as hegemonic machination of the state. As a theoretical construct with beginnings in legal scholarship, CRT’s utility in education reveals intersectional oppressions in the form of racist, neoliberal, corporate educational reform. Instead of resting solely on analytical critique of mayoral control, the following contribution concludes with tangible examples of community opposition that has the potential for substantive change in the current landscape of city and educational politics. Written through the lens of critical race praxis (CRP), the idea is to have readers engage the possibilities of interrupting mayoral control through concrete collective strategies.
The editors of this collection of writings have alerted us to the “Hydra” of neoliberal school reform. In its many iterations, one of the “heads” of the Hydra is mayoral control. If the body is neoliberal education reform, mayoral control should be considered one of the dangerous appendages, which in turn creates the formidable enemy that overtly argues for the end of public education as we know it. As strategy and practice, mayoral control operates on myriad assumptions primarily rooted in the belief that city residents are unable to make tangible decisions regarding quality...
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