Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Education Policy, Planning, and Administration

Committee Chairperson

David Backer, Ph.D

Committee Member

Michael Di Giovine, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Julia McWilliams, Ph.D.


This dissertation examines the lived experience in a receiving building during and after the mass school closures in the School District of Philadelphia from 2012-2014. Qualitative data was gathered both by means of semi-structures ethnographic interviews of participants and an autoethnographical account of the self as a teacher in the district at a receiving building during and in the aftermath of the closures. The data found uncertainty to be a major theme among all participants as to what was happening in the School District of Philadelphia as a whole and within the individual school buildings during this time. The notion that schools are the microcosm of society was observed, as well as the key role of charter schools in the racial and spatial injustices of school closure. The qualitative data revealed that students, teachers, and administrators experienced destruction of their community hubs and thus were racially and spatially interpellated as neoliberal subjects.