All Together Now: Creating Middle Class Schools through Public School Choice

All Together Now: Creating Middle Class Schools through Public School Choice

by Richard D. Kahlenberg
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0815748116

ISBN-13: 9780815748113

Pub. Date: 09/28/2003

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

This provocative book asks a simple question: since we know that middle class schools tend to work best, why not give every child in America the opportunity to attend a public school in which the majority of students come from middle class households? Economically integrated schools, the author argues, will do far more to promote achievement and equal

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This provocative book asks a simple question: since we know that middle class schools tend to work best, why not give every child in America the opportunity to attend a public school in which the majority of students come from middle class households? Economically integrated schools, the author argues, will do far more to promote achievement and equal opportunity than vouchers, standards, class size reduction, or any of the other leading education proposals on the left and right that seek to make "separate but equal" schools work. Building on two recent education trends—the decline in racial desegregation as a legal tool and the movement toward greater public school choice—All Together Now provides a blueprint for creating schools that educate children from various backgrounds under one roof. Concurring with the concerns of voucher proponents about the unfairness of trapping poor kids in failing schools, the book provides a practical, viable, and legally sound plan for promoting economic and racial integration among public schools.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815748113
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
390
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2American Schools Today: Falling Short of Our Goals12
3The Case for Economic School Desegregation23
4The Significance of the Socioeconomic Makeup of Schools47
5The Difficulty with Alternatives to Socioeconomic Integration77
6How Socioeconomic Integration Can Be Achieved in Practice103
7Political and Legal Strategies146
8Rebutting the Case against Socioeconomic Integration191
9Practical Experience with Socioeconomic Integration228
Notes258
Index366

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