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Palgrave Macmillan

The Politics of Parent Choice in Public Education

The Choice Movement in North Carolina and the United States

ISBN 9781137312075
Publication Date November 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Education Policy

To tell the story of the modern school choice movement in America, Wayne D. Lewis elucidates what can be learned from the campaign by North Carolina parent choice advocates for the creation and expansion of school choice policies in the state. The exploration of the politics, ideology, and interests surrounding parent choice in this conversation includes but also stretches beyond the frequently discussed choice policies of charter schools, school vouchers, and tuition tax credits. In this work, Lewis makes the argument that parents' push for these policies is closely akin to parents' rejection of busing and redistricting policies in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Raleigh-Durham, their advocacy for the state-support of home-schooling options across the state, and their campaign for the expansion of magnet and intradistrict choice options. Central to parents' advocacy for all of these policies, argues Lewis, lies a more foundational desire to reconceputalize public schooling such that parents have much more individual control over how public funding is used for the education of their children.

Wayne D. Lewis, Jr. is Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky, USA. His teaching and research interests include education politics and policy, educational leadership, and the success of students of color.

1. Rethinking Public Education
2. What is Choice?
3. The Politics of Charter Schools
4. The Politics of Charter Schools and Choice in North Carolina
5. Busing, Desegregation, and Parent Choice
6. Conclusion


"In The Politics of Parent Choice in Public Education, Wayne D. Lewis provides us with a comprehensive, detailed and well researched treatment of the educational choice movement in America. Rich with facts, historical references, and practical anecdotes, Lewis's book should be on the reading list for every aspiring teacher in every teacher training school in the country. This timely and informative book demonstrates that Lewis will be an education thought leader for many years to come. If you care about our kids and their education, read this book!" - Kevin P. Chavous, Executive Counsel, American Federation for Children and author, Voices of Determination and Serving Our Children: Charter Schools and the Reform of American Public Education
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