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Cross-purposes and crossed wires in education policymaking on equity: the Ontario experiences, 1990-1995

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Between September 1990 and June 1995, the Canadian province of Ontario experienced its first ever social-democratic government. This paper examines the record, in terms of both process and policy, of that government on educational equity at the elementary and secondary school levels. It reviews the government's record in educational equity and measures that record against the agenda the party had set for itself before the 1990 election. The government's policy-making on educational equity offers a rarely equalled case study of cross-purposes, non-communication, ostensibly wilful ignorance and crossed wires. The results have gone far to discredit educational equity as a meaningful (rather than symbolic) educational goal in Ontario.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/002202701750039264

Publication date: January 1, 2001

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