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(p. 238) The Shifting Political Winds: LGBT Students, Educational Policy and Politics, and the Dilemmas Confronting Street-Level Bureaucrats 

(p. 238) The Shifting Political Winds: LGBT Students, Educational Policy and Politics, and the Dilemmas Confronting Street-Level Bureaucrats
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(p. 238) The Shifting Political Winds: LGBT Students, Educational Policy and Politics, and the Dilemmas Confronting Street-Level Bureaucrats
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Catherine A. Lugg

and Jason P. Murphy

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10.1093/med:psych/9780199387656.003.0014
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date: 25 August 2019

This chapter teases out how shifting currents in US educational policy and politics vis-à-vis LGBTQ students conflict by employing a lens from the politics of education literature: street-level bureaucrats. Regardless of the intent of a policy’s authors, how street-level bureaucrats (career civil servants like public educators) define a policy through their implementation becomes the actual meaning of the policy. Given the shifting political winds regarding LGBTQ identity and educational policy, teasing out whose understandings of a given policy are actually implemented is critical for the well-being of LGBT students attending US public schools. Educators, as street-level bureaucrats, have the potential to find spaces within these broader political and policy changes to better serve as supports for LGBT students. Finally, in the United States and other locales, economic decline can amplify political discontent, including conflicts over the course and scope of educational policies.

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