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Politics, ideology and education in the PSOE during the Transición (1976-1982): Schooling and secularization
Javier González-Moreno
Firstly, we expose the educational policy of the tardofranquismo and the alternative proposals of the Spanish Left, identifying those aspects of the dialogue between ideas. We pay special attention to the idea of participation and the concept of Escuela Pública in terms of secularization. Secondly, we analyze how those ideas were passed on to the PSOE and how their internal debates on...

Articulations of educational demands made (im)possible by antagonism to “cultural Marxism”
Alice Casimiro Lopes
Based on Laclau and Mouffe's theory of discourse, it is presented a discussion about the identifications in educational policies, questioning the essentialism of the political analyses that focus on social groups with pre-constituted identities. To this end, the conservative and ultraliberal educational demands that move in the game of discursive articulations, disarticulations and...

“It just doesn’t add up”: Disrupting official arguments for urban school closures with counterframes
Esa Syeed
Mass school closures have become commonplace in urban school districts. To explain their actions, school system leaders often rely on a dominant frame that presents closures as an inevitable, data-driven, and politically neutral phenomenon in an educational landscape defined by shrinking budgets, demographic changes, and increased school choice. In response, research has typically focused on...

Closure and the roles of student performance and enrollment characteristics: A survival analysis of charter schools in Ohio’s largest urban counties
Elizabeth Anne Gilblom, Hilla I. Sang
In this study, we seek to contribute to the literature on traditional charter school (TCS) closure by examining the potential relationships among racial and socioeconomic enrollment characteristics, TCS age and early adopter status, student achievement and the likelihood of closure within Ohio’s “Big 8” Urban Counties (OBEUC). Using life tables and binary logistic regression, we examined 3,204...

Whiteness and economic advantage in digital schooling: Diversity patterns and equity considerations for K-12 online charter schools
Bryan Mann
Scholars and policymakers have yet to hold a robust conversation about diversity in K-12 online schools. This study builds on research that suggests online charter schools enroll higher percentages of White and economically advantaged students compared to national K-12 school enrollment averages. While these findings remain consistent, the study presented here employs techniques used in school...

Evaluation policies of educational systems: A comparative study between Spanish autonomous communities in basic education
Gabriel Álvarez-López
The relevance of evaluation policies for the agendas of the states makes them an unavoidable reality in the analysis of educational systems. This paper presents an analysis of the policies developed by the Spanish autonomous communities (Andalusia, the Canary Islands, Catalonia and the Basque Country) to evaluate their education systems at the basic education levels. Specifically, both...

Evaluating the influence of school principals’ transformational leadership on student performance: Analysis of microdata from Prova Brasil
Vera Regina Ramos Pinto, Deborah Moraes Zouain, André Luís Faria Duarte, Luiz Alexandre Valadão Souza
This article presents a study on the extent to which the leadership of Brazilian school principals has helped improve students’ achievements as reflected by the results of external evaluations of schools. The study sought to measure leadership dimensions based on microdata from contextual questionnaires answered by principals and teachers; propose a model that relates leadership dimensions to...

The teaching profession in crisis: The decrease of enrollment in normal schools of Mexico
Jihan García-Poyato Falcón, Graciela Cordero Arroyo
The decrease in interest in pursuing a teaching career is an international phenomenon. In the case of Mexico, periods of decline in interest in entering normal schools are associated with changes in the working conditions of teachers. The objective of this article is to present the results of a research work on the declining enrollment of the bachelor of arts in primary education (BAPE) as a...

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