Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


African-American Studies

First Advisor

Jonathan Gayles

Second Advisor

Makungu Akinyela

Third Advisor

Bettina Love


This study will examine the educational experiences of black families with behavior management policies at a privatized public charter school. The sample for this study will include three African American families with middle school children enrolled in such a charter school. The study will utilize Critical Race Theory for the theoretical framework. Qualitative methods will be used to conduct in-depth interviews with students and their parents about their educational experiences as it pertains to behavior management systems at the charter school they attend. As a former teacher at the charter school in question, the researcher is uniquely positioned to gain insight from the perspective of former students and their parents.