Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Education




Dr. Goli Rezai-Rashti

Second Advisor

Dr. Wayne Martino


This research uses critical policy analysis to examine the experiences of three equity workers from one school board. Information was collected by interviewing and also conducting an examination of one school board’s equity policy. This thesis explored how these equity workers were able to remain equity focused in a neoliberal education context with limited resources and funding for equity initiatives. By resisting and appropriating the opportunities and demands created by the reforms, the equity workers were, to some extent, able to resist the pressure to be less equity and student focused. There were both commonalities and diversity among these equity workers’ experiences.



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