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Dr. René Kissell - From "School System" to a "System of Schools": Race, Power, and Marketization of Urban District Governance in California
Dr. Espinoza Kissell will discuss her comparative case study on the evolution of urban school district governance in the San Francisco Bay Area, which compares issues of race and power between private sector management under the portfolio model and a civic-oriented public governance model. This work offers insights into how education reform coalitions navigate financial pressures to shape distinct policy trajectories, as well as the role of audit agencies in the fiscal accountability and racialized surveillance of districts serving Black and Brown students.

René Espinoza Kissell is a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Education at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her scholarship centers on the political economy of urban education and the racial politics of privatization with a focus on school district reforms. Her dissertation is a comparative case study on the evolution of district governance, including community and elite advocacy around private sector management under the portfolio model. Her current work seeks to understand how urban regimes, or governing coalitions, define the directions and strategies of local reform efforts as audit agencies deepen the fiscal accountability and racialized surveillance of urban districts.

Oct 18, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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