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Levinson, Meira; Theisen-Homer, Victoria – Theory and Research in Education, 2015
This article combines original interviews, secondary policy analysis, and non-ideal theory to determine the "least unjust" approach to budget-driven "Reduction in Force" teacher firings in Los Angeles. Building from the a priori claim that schools should serve children's interests, this article addresses the following…
Descriptors: Interviews, School Policy, Policy Analysis, Teacher Dismissal
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Allen, Ann; Saultz, Andrew – Theory and Research in Education, 2015
Using theories of representation and democratic education, this article examines the impetus of parent trigger policies in the United States and their potential effects on public good goals for public education. The article also uses theories of representation and responsible democratic governance to assess the parent trigger policies, or what are…
Descriptors: Public Policy, Public Education, Democracy, Democratic Values
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Kunzman, Robert – Theory and Research in Education, 2009
Drawing from six years of qualitative research, this article analyzes the broad range of proposed and existing homeschool regulations throughout the United States. It argues that current homeschool regulations--and most proposals for how to improve them--misjudge the complexity of such an endeavor; state resources are misused and the basic…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Home Schooling, Interests, Basic Skills
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Goering, Sara; Whittaker, Debbie – Theory and Research in Education, 2007
In this article we describe our experiences in developing and expanding a philosophy in the schools program in Long Beach, California. We point to similarities and differences between our program and other philosophy for children programs, and describe the concerns and growing pains our program has experienced in its first seven years of…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Public Schools, Children, Critical Thinking