The Failure of Corporate School Reform: Chicago and Beyond

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
7:30 PM
Lander Auditorium, Hutchison Hall

Presented by Kenneth J. Saltman, Professor in the Educational Policy Studies and Research Department and the Social and Cultural Foundations in Education graduate program at DePaul University.

The current educational reform movement emphasizing increased high-stakes, privatizing education including opening more charter schools, mayoral control of schools with mayors appointing school boards dominated by corporate executives has undermined student learning, teacher professionalism, and democratic control over public schools. Saltman will detail the rise and failure of the corporate reform movement in education, and take questions from the audience.

Saltman is the author of The Failure of Corporate School Reform (Paradigm); The Gift of Education: Public Education and Venture Philanthropy (Palgrave Macmillan 2010), which was awarded a 2011 American Educational Studies Critics Choice Book Award; Capitalizing on Disaster: Taking and Breaking Public Schools (Paradigm 2007), which was awarded a 2008 American Educational Studies Critics Choice Book Award; and The Edison Schools: Corporate Schooling and the Assault on Public Education (Routledge 2005). He received a Fulbright Scholarship in 2006 on Globalization and Culture and is a fellow of the National Education Policy Center.

For additional information or to request special accommodations for this event, please contact David Hursh, associate professor, at (585) 275-3947 or

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