CRT and Urban Education

EDU 500 Independent Study

Critical Race Theory, Funding, and Urban Education

Date       To Read             Due

Section 1: Critical Race Theory: the basics

Derrick A. Bell, Jr. “Serving Two Masters: Integration Ideals and Client Interests in School Desegregation Litigation.” 
Derrick A. Bell, Jr. “Brown v. Board of Education and the Interest Convergence Dilemma.”PDF
7/7Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color”
Bell, Derrick. (1995). “Who’s Afraid of Critical Race Theory?” 
Assignment 1: Presentation summary of the contemporary debates on CRT and education. Find the contemporary voices for and against, focus on video and social media.
Section 2. Urban Education: the basics
Rury, John L. “Introduction: The Changing Contours of Urban Education.” From Urban Education in the United States: A Historical Reader.
Welsh, R. O., & Swain, W. A. (2020). (Re) defining urban education: A conceptual review and empirical exploration of the definition of urban education. Educational Researcher, 49(2), 90-100.
7/14Lipman, P. (2013). The New Political Economy of Urban Education: Neoliberalism, Race, and the Right to the City. Chps. 1, 2, 3 (supplemental 7)
7/15McWilliams and Kitzmiller (2019) on closure in Philadelphia.

Bartelt (1989) on development in Center City, Philadelphia.
Assignment 2: Talk through the following prompt: what is urban education? What does the term mean? Does it make sense?
Section 3. CRT and Education
Ladson-Billings & Tate. “Towards a critical race theory for education”
Ladson-Billings, Gloria. “From the Achievement Gap to the Education Debt”
[Supplemental: Video]
7/21Dixson, A.D. and Rousseau Anderson, C., 2018. Where are we? Critical race theory in education 20 years later. Peabody Journal of Education, 93(1), pp.121-131.Where are we? CRT in Education 20 years later. PDF: here.
7/22Dixson, Adrienne D. ““What’s going on?”: A critical race theory perspective on Black Lives Matter and activism in education.” Urban Education 53, no. 2 (2018): 231-247. PDF.
Section 4. School Finance, CRT, and Urban Education
Introduction to how school funding works, a la Dr. Backer
School Funding: Quick Basics
WTF is Local School Funding?
Title 1: An MMT Approach
A Bond that Wasn’t a Bond

Follow @edfintoks for tiktoks about ed finance/funding
7/28Backer, David. “School Funding Inequality in Pennsylvania: A Base-Superstructure Analysis.” Pennsylvania Educational Leadership Journal.
7/29Green, Preston, Bruce D. Baker, and Joseph Oluwole. “School Finance, Race, and Reparations.” Race, and Reparations (January 14, 2021). forthcoming in Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice (2021).
8/2Assignment: Literature review on CRT and education. Using the sources on this syllabus and 10 additional sources, draft a literature review on CRT and education. 2,000 words.