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Doctor of Philosophy


Education, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

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Matthew D. Davis, PhD


Lynn Beckwith

Brenda Bredemier

Karl Hoagland


“Educational Entrepreneurship” has increasingly become a buzz word, theory of change, silver bullet for countless so called education reformers who look to fix urban education by allowing alternative routes to teacher certification, public- private partnerships and the creation of charter schools. I have chosen autoethnography to highlight critical events from my own professional experience to illustrate the effects of educational entrepreneurship on The St. Louis Public Schools. This study used critical race theory as a lens to probe my narrative not only as a participant in educational entrepreneurship but also as Black, female educator. The end result is a reflective journey of the beginning of my professional career. I was unprepared for the complexity of feelings that emerged in completing this study. The goal of this research is to offer a counter story, my story, about the much lauded reform effort of Educational Entrepreneurship, and to foster critical dialogue about how EE policies harm Black students, families and educators

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