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School funding disparities and the plight of Latinx children
Bruce D. Baker, Ajay Srikanth, Preston C. Green III, Robert Cotto
This article provides a systematic decomposition of disparities in school funding by race and ethnicity using two new data resources. First, we use a national district level panel of data from the School Finance Indicators Database to evaluate recent (2012 – 2017) disparities in school revenue and spending by race in addition to poverty, across and within all states and within selected states....

Meritocratic exceptionality and affirmative action policy in higher education in Chile
Jocelyn Briones, Daniel Leyton
Based on Foucauldian notions such as discourse, regime of subjectification, and governmentality, the article analyzes one of the dominant discourses constituting the affirmative action policy in higher education in Chile. Our analysis is based principally on main documents associated to the discursive formation of the Support and Effective Access into Higher Education Program (PACE by its...

Commentary: Meritocratic exceptionality and affirmative action policy in higher education in Chile
Francisco Gil, Marcela Orellana
We have written this commentary on the work “Meritocratic Exceptionality and Affirmative Action Policy in Higher Education in Chile” with the aim of complementing it with the background and points of view of people who have been rowing against the tide for 30 years, in favor of access for students who, during their secondary education, took full advantage of the opportunities they found in...

Questioning the prevailing discourse and practice of internationalization of higher education in Latin America
Fernanda Leal, Mário César Barreto Moraes, María Soledad Oregioni
This essay puts forth an epistemological reflection of the prevailing discourse and practice of internationalization of higher education in Latin America. The reflection is based in the following arguments: 1. Under the foundation of a global hierarchical imaginary, internationalization of higher education in Latin America is immersed in a cultural matrix that potentially reinforces unequal...

Researchers as knowledge brokers: A step toward research-informed policy? Lessons from the Israeli case
Rony Ramot, Gadi Bialik
In the 1970s, the role of “chief scientist” was established in Israel as part of a knowledge mediation model aimed to promote research-informed policy and narrow the academia-field-policy gap. This paper examines how when researchers cross the boundary toward a policy role and serve as knowledge brokers, they may promote research utilization in policy. This sheds light on a key issue in the...

Yucatec Maya language planning and bilingual education in the Yucatan
Anne Marie Guerrettaz, Eric J. Johnson, Gisela Ernst-Slavit
The rapid decline of indigenous languages represents one of the most troubling topics within applied linguistics. Teachers’ implementation of indigenous language planning through their pedagogical practices is a significant but under-researched issue. This ethnographic study examines a Maya language program (i.e., professional development) for 1,600 teachers in the Yucatan’s Intercultural...

Recommendations derived from the accreditation of educational programs: Analysis of a public state university in Mexico
José Alfonso Jiménez Moreno, Salvador Ponce Ceballos
The article addresses the problem of accreditation of educational programs in Mexico. The importance of this type of evaluation is generated based on the policies in which higher education in Latin America is circumscribed. The objective of the research was to carry out a documentary analysis of 21 accreditation documents of seven programs of a public university over three periods, in order to...

Sustainability of education reforms: An investigation into the professional development component of USAID/Egypt Education Reform Program (ERP, 2004-2009)
Alaa Badran, Mustafa Toprak
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) started its operations in Egypt in 1975. Its work on education development included supporting access and gender equity, community participation, professional development, and also extended to policy reforms. Education Reform Program (ERP) was one of USAID’s initiatives implemented between 2004 and 2009. The program intended to...

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