The curious case of Oklahoma : a historical analysis of the passage of universal pre-kindergarten legislation in Oklahoma

dc.contributor.advisorReyes, Pedro, 1954-
dc.contributor.advisorGershoff, Elizabeth T.
dc.creatorBell, Christian Marieen
dc.date.accessioned2013-07-26T14:58:22Zen
dc.date.issued2013-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2013en
dc.date.updated2013-07-26T14:58:23Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractState-funded voluntary pre-K programs have grown steadily over the past decade and now enroll 1.3 million children (Barnett, Carolan, Fitzgerald, J., & Squires, 2012). While the overall trend has been to increase participation in state funded Pre-K, access in most states is targeted to select groups of at-risk 4-year-olds. Unfortunately, targeted programs for disadvantaged children tend to underserve their targeted populations with respect to availability and quality (Gelbach & Pritchett, 2002). In light of this, Pre-K advocates have begun pushing for universal Pre-K. However, only six states offer universal-prekindergarten, and with varying degrees of success. In this environment of modest state funding for Pre-K, the state of Oklahoma has managed to rise to the forefront of the universal Pre-K movement. That a high-quality Pre-K system exists in a conservative state is a very curious case and provides an opportunity for a thorough examination of the political processes. This study seeks not only to explain the development and passage of universal Pre-K in Oklahoma, but to also understand what lessons can be taken from a historical analysis of this issue for contemporary education policy.en
dc.description.departmentEducational Administrationen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/20937en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.subjectEarly childhood educationen
dc.subjectEarly childhood policyen
dc.subjectOklahomaen
dc.subjectPre-Ken
dc.subjectPre-kindergartenen
dc.subjectMultiple streams theoryen
dc.subjectUniversal pre-kindergartenen
dc.subjectUniversal Pre-Ken
dc.subjectHistorical analysisen
dc.titleThe curious case of Oklahoma : a historical analysis of the passage of universal pre-kindergarten legislation in Oklahomaen
thesis.degree.departmentEducational Administrationen
thesis.degree.disciplineEducational Administrationen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen

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