Different Choices: A Public School Community’s Responses to School Choice Reforms

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In the United States, state and federal reforms increasingly encourage the expansion of school choice policies. Debates about school choice contrast various concepts of freedom and equality with concerns about equity, justice, achievement, democratic accountability, profiting management organizations, and racial and class segregation. Arizona’s “market”-based school choice programs include over 600 charter schools, and the state’s open enrollment practices, public and private school tax credit allowances, and Empowerment Scholarships, (closely related to vouchers), flourish. This qualitative analysis explores one district-run public school and its surrounding community, and I discuss socio-political and cultural tensions related to school choice reforms that exist within the larger community. This community experienced school changes, including demographic shifts, lowered test scores, failed overrides, and the opening of high-profile charter school organizations near the school.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1908-1931
Number of pages24
JournalQualitative Report
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2018

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Publisher Copyright:
Copyright 2018: Amanda U. Potterton and Nova Southeastern University.


  • Charter Schools
  • Competition
  • Educational Policy
  • Educational Reform
  • Ethnographic Methods
  • School Choice
  • Social and Cultural Contexts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education


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