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Fear + Manipulation = Ease of Privatization

by Jeanne Marie Iorio & Clifton Tanabe - October 23, 2014

For the past two years, Hawaii has been focused on establishing a statewide early learning system based on readying children for school. As part of the process, there has been a push for a so-called "public-private solution" where public funds will be routed to private programs in order to “ready” the children within the state. This commentary discusses the amendment, advocacy for the amendment, and the related consequences.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 23, 2014
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 17734, Date Accessed: 6/15/2021 11:59:44 AM

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  • Jeanne Marie Iorio
    University of Hawaii - West Oahu
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    JEANNE MARIE IORIO is an Associate Professor at University of Hawaiʻi–West Oahu. She completed her doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University where she began rethinking child-adult conversations as aesthetic experiences. Her research interests include arts-based research methodologies, power differences between children and adults, and understanding community in preschool. She is currently co-editing (with Will Parnell) Rethinking Readiness in Early Childhood Education: Implications for Policy and Practice (Palgrave MacMillan, February 2015) and Disrupting Early Childhood Education Research: Imagining New Possibilities (Routledge).
  • Clifton Tanabe
    University of Hawaii at Manoa
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    CLIFTON S. TANABE has a Ph.D in Educational Policy Studies and a Law Degree both from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His scholarly interests include higher and k-12 education law and policy, educational and political philosophy and multiculturalism. Dr. Tanabe is the founder and former Co-Director of the Research Center for Cultural Diversity and Community Renewal at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. Currently, he is Executive Assistant to the Chancellor of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and holds the positions of Associate Professor in the College of Education and Lecturer in Law in the William S. Richardson School of Law also at UH Manoa. He has served as the Director of the Leaders for the Next Generation Program and as Co-Director of the Hawaii Education Policy Center also at UH Manoa. His most challenging and rewarding position, however, is as a father of three (two daughters ages 17 and 7 and a 10 year old son).
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