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Is deliberation a laudable goal when policy is a done deal? The Habermasian public sphere and legitimacy in a market era of education policymaking
Liza N. Pappas
The state mandated public hearings concerning school closing proposals in New York City provide a window into a diverse set of policy actors and their deliberations. Opposition to school closures is often cast as entrenched interests, emotional attachment, support for the status quo or at worst negligence. However, content analysis reveals that testimony offered by parent, community, and...

The creation of performance funding in Michigan: Partnership, promotion and points
Renata Opoczynski
While accountability in higher education has been a topic of debate for decades, in recent years the discussions have shifted to emphasize efficiency and economic measures of success. A prominent example of this accountability movement is the increase in popularity of performance funding policies. One of the most recent states to implement performance funding is Michigan, which began their...

Impact of the Spanish model of school management on the professional identity of school leaders
Antonio Bolívar, Maximiliano Ritacco
Spain presents a unique school management model: a teacher chosen by his own workmates (teachers) exercises the management of the school, and after this term of management (4-8 years), returns to the teacher staff. Such an itinerary of “back and forth” presents a series of duplications in identity: manager or leader; representative of the Administration and/or teaching colleagues;...

OECD teaching assessment policies: Approaching the experience in Mexican basic education
Yazmín Cuevas Cajiga, Tiburcio Moreno Olivos
In the year 2008 Mexico signed with the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) an agreement in order to improve the quality of basic education. The main purpose of this document was the implementation of eight strategic guidelines oriented to the assessment of teachers by means of accountability and teachers’ training. Responding to this agreement the Mexican government...

Vocational education & training students’ families’ expectations about their future employment
Soledad Garcia-Gomez, Rosario Ordonez-Sierra, Esther Vinuesa Mariscal, Rosario Izquierdo Chaparro
This paper is part of a qualitative research focused in vocational education & training (VET) about the expectations of students’ families on their future employment. It has been accepted till not so long that VET was the best way to get a job quickly. The current economic crisis may has altered this belief. So that we have interviewed some families from the South of Spain to better know...

Private education and taxes: Is the tax regime for private schools just?
Juan Espindola
This paper describes and evaluates the tax regime that benefits private schools in Mexico, particularly in Mexico City. Its central claim is that this regime is incompatible with educational equality and justice. The main contribution of the paper is to examine primary and secondary empirical sources in light of the normative argument guiding this work. The first section of this work clarifies...

Framework for sustainability analysis for higher education institutions: Application in a case study
Diego de Queiroz Machado, Fátima Regina Ney Matos, Augusto Marcos Carvalho de Sena, Ana Silvia Rocha Ipiranga
This study analyzed the sustainable activities of a higher education institution, considering its economic, social and environmental dimensions ( triple bottom line ), from the application of a new framework of analysis. Therefore, we chose to use the case study methodology, held in an HEI, the University of Fortaleza (Unifor), selected as a case for this research by the various awards received...

The case of the Polytechnic High School: Evaluating its implementation in public schools
Jorge Alberto Rosa Ribeiro, Margareth Fadanelli Simionato
This article analyzes the implementation process of public policy for secondary education given by the State Secretary of Education between the years 2011 and 2014, as well as the analysis of its redefinition by High School of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (RS). For this, we used a qualitative and quantitative study in 106 public schools in RS, Brazil.  The methodological procedures, based on...

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