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      Toronto: A new global city of learning

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      London Review of Education

      IOE Press

      CANADA, EDUCATIONAL POLICY, MULTICULTURALISM, POLICY DIFFUSION, SCHOOL CHOICE, TORONTO

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          Toronto, Canada, is emblematic of a new stratum of global cities. Unlike many world capitals, the city has gained stature only over the past half century, having successfully post-industrialized into a new economy and become a major world centre for immigration. Paradoxically, education has emerged as both a major driver of change and a divider of social wellbeing in the city. To interpret this paradox, we discuss: (1) how Toronto is a node in a global education policy network, particularly as an exporter of equity-oriented reforms; (2) how the city's own school system reflects ongoing tensions between forward-looking ideals and its own historical legacies; and (3) how goals of integration are being challenged by new pressures for educational differentiation, which are themselves driven by competing conceptions of multiculturalism and movements for school choice.

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          London Review of Education
          IOE Press
          1474-8460
          15 September 2016
          : 14
          : 2
          : 186-198
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          1474-8460(20160915)14:2L.186;1- s13.phd /ioep/clre/2016/00000014/00000002/art00013
          10.18546/LRE.14.2.13
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