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Suddenly DiverseHow School Districts Manage Race and Inequality$
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Erica O. Turner

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226675220

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226675534.001.0001

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Color-Blind Managerialism and the Contradictions of Public Schooling

Color-Blind Managerialism and the Contradictions of Public Schooling

(p.1) Introduction Color-Blind Managerialism and the Contradictions of Public Schooling
Suddenly Diverse

Erica O. Turner

University of Chicago Press

This chapter provides an overview of the book, its arguments and themes, its subjects and methods, and its broader contributions to understanding education policy and the perpetuation of racial inequity in school districts. Through school district officials’ own words, this chapter begins with a rare glimpse into in two school districts that are becoming more racially diverse and more unequal and school district administrators’ and school board members’ everyday struggles, particularly the contradictions they feel between pursuing equity and maintaining support of local elites and majorities. This chapter highlights the contributions of the book to the study of school districts and inequality, including illuminating the racial sensemaking and discourses shaping district education policy, situating district policy making and inequality in contemporary macro- demographic, economic, and political contexts, and offering a broader framework for understanding race and class inequity in school districts. Using theory on racial projects, the chapter outlines three contested racial projects of educational leadership and governance, including the color-blind managerialism that is the focus on this book. In addition, the chapter presents the two study districts; describes the motivations, methods, and challenges of this research, particularly as they relate to race; and previews subsequent book chapters.

Keywords:   colorblind managerialism, racial projects, school districts, education policy, racial sensemaking, educational leadership, school boards, administrators, race

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