The Swindle of Innovative Educational Finance (Forerunners: Ideas First) (Paperback)
How “innovative” finance schemes skim public wealth while hijacking public governance
Charter school expansion. Vouchers. Scholarship tax credit programs. The Swindle of Innovative Educational Finance offers a new social theory to explain why these and other privatization policies and programs win support despite being unsupported by empirical evidence. Kenneth J. Saltman details how, under the guise of innovation, cost savings, and corporate social responsibility, new and massive neoliberal educational privatization schemes have been widely adopted in the United States. From a trillion-dollar charter school bubble to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to celebrities branding private schools, Saltman ultimately connects such schemes to the country’s current crisis of truth and offers advice for resistance.
Forerunners is a thought-in-process series of breakthrough digital works. Written between fresh ideas and finished books, Forerunners draws on scholarly work initiated in notable blogs, social media, conference plenaries, journal articles, and the synergy of academic exchange. This is gray literature publishing: where intense thinking, change, and speculation take place in scholarship.
Kenneth J. Saltman is a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. His books include Scripted Bodies: Corporate Power, Smart Technologies, and the Undoing of Public Education and The Politics of Education: A Critical Introduction.
"Most clearly it will appeal to an audience with strong views against privatization, but this work is also worth reading for those who favor privatization as it highlights a number of areas where improvements could be made in order to better promote the public good." —Teachers College Record