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Five miles away, a world apart : one city, two schools, and the story of educational opportunity in modern America

Author: James E Ryan
Publisher: Oxford ; New York, N.Y. : Oxford University Press, 2011, ©2010.
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How is it that, half a century after Brown v. Board of Education, educational opportunities remain so unequal for black and white students, not to mention poor and wealthy ones? In this book the author answers this question by tracing the fortunes of two schools in Richmond, Virginia--one in the city and the other in the suburbs. Ryan shows how court rulings in the 1970s, limiting the scope of desegregation, laid  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James E Ryan
ISBN: 9780199836857 019983685X
OCLC Number: 769649273
Description: ix, 384 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Freeman and Tee Jay --
pt. I. Past: school desegregation and middle America : Buying time ; Don't cross that line --
pt. II. Present: save the cities, spare the suburbs : Desegregating dollars ; Like a Russian novel: school finance litigation in state courts ; Limited choices ; The impact of choice and the role of courts ; Lowering the bar: the standards and testing movement --
pt. III. Future: demography is opportunity : In search of ties that bind --
Epilogue : Freeman and Tee-Jay revisited.
Other Titles: 5 miles away, a world apart
Responsibility: James E. Ryan.
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How is it that, half a century after Brown v. Board of Education, educational opportunities remain so unequal for black and white students, not to mention poor and wealthy ones? In this book the author answers this question by tracing the fortunes of two schools in Richmond, Virginia--one in the city and the other in the suburbs. Ryan shows how court rulings in the 1970s, limiting the scope of desegregation, laid the groundwork for the sharp disparities between urban and suburban public schools that persist to this day. The Supreme Court, in accord with the wishes of the Nixon administration, allowed the suburbs to lock nonresidents out of their school systems. City schools, whose student bodies were becoming increasingly poor and black, simply received more funding, a measure that has proven largely ineffective, while the independence (and superiority) of suburban schools remained sacrosanct. Weaving together court opinions, social science research, and compelling interviews with students, teachers, and principals, Ryan explains why all the major education reforms since the 1970s--including school finance litigation, school choice, and the No Child Left Behind Act--have failed to bridge the gap between urban and suburban schools and have unintentionally entrenched segregation by race and class. As long as that segregation continues, Ryan forcefully argues, so too will educational inequality. --From back cover of book.

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