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Understanding democratic education policy queerly: Toward a queer democratic framework

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Published: 2021-06-28

Authors

Bethy Leonardi

University of Colorado Boulder

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4052-2765

Michele S. Moses

University of Colorado Boulder

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3428-6927

Keywords: queer theory; democratic theory; policy; policy implementation; LGBTQ

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to bring together concepts and commitments from both liberal and queer theories with the purpose of designing an integrated framework for equity-focused education policy analysis and implementation. In essence, we aim to build a conceptual bridge between queer and liberal democratic theories and to develop what we call a “queer democratic framework” for policy analysis and implementation. We use the case of the Fair Accurate Inclusive and Respectful Education Act (FAIR) throughout this paper as an exemplar of how queer policy analysis and implementation change the terms of the policy discussion. We argue that as an example of a policy that comes out of liberal democratic theory, FAIR can only go so far. It is symbolic and positive, but cannot reach emancipatory aims in practice without queer analysis and implementation.

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Author Biographies

Bethy Leonardi

University of Colorado Boulder

Bethy Leonardi, PhD is codirector of A Queer Endeavor (aqueerendeavor.org) and an assistant professor of Educational Foundations, Policy & Practice at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education. In her research she focuses on the complex relationship between policy and practice, and specifically, policies that rub up against the status quo.

Michele S. Moses

University of Colorado Boulder

Michele S. Moses is a professor of Educational Foundations, Policy & Practice at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education. She is a philosopher specializing in education policy studies, with particular expertise in policy disagreements that involve moral and political values and democracy.

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Published: 2021-06-28

How to Cite

Leonardi, B., & Moses, M. S. (2021). Understanding democratic education policy queerly: Toward a queer democratic framework. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 29(January - July), 90. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.29.5600