Compete or Close

Compete or Close Traditional Neighborhood Schools Under Pressure

Julia A. McWilliams, Foreword by Maia Cucchiara
paper, 224 Pages
Pub. Date: May 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-312-3
Price: $32.00

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cloth, 224 Pages
Pub. Date: May 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-313-0
Price: $62.00

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In districts from Chicago to New York to Washington, DC, neighborhood public schools are being forced to compete with charter schools for students and resources, often under the threat of school closure. In Compete or Close, Julia A. McWilliams provides a compelling ethnographic study of one such school, a neighborhood high school in Philadelphia—a district where rising privatization and chronic underfunding cast these common tensions into sharp relief. The book poses two questions: What strategies do schools deploy to minimize market risk and signal their value to stakeholders—district administrators, funders, parents, and students? And how do these strategies conflict with the schools’ mission to serve all children?

About the Author

Julia A. McWilliams is an educational anthropologist and faculty member in the Critical Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania.


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