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A Good Investment?: Philanthropy and the Marketing of Race in an Urban Public School

Amy Brown

Abstract

In 2008, The College Preparatory Academy, a traditional public high school in New York City, created its own in-house nonprofit organization in order to solicit donations from the private sector, most notably, an elite corporate firm in Midtown Manhattan. College Prep’s student body is primarily Black and Latino, while teachers are predominantly White. Approximately 78% of the student body is eligible for free-or reduced-price lunch. From the perspectives of many who are passionate about education, equity and justice, the creation of the school’s nonprofit seemed like a brilliant move in the c ... More

Keywords: public high school, New York City, nonprofit organization, charity, educational justice, qualitative teacher-research, ethnography, social equity, class hierarchies, race hierarchies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816691128
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816691128.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy Brown, author
University of Pennsylvania