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Author Ryan, James E. (James Edward)

Title Five miles away, a world apart : one city, two schools, and the story of educational opportunity in modern America / James E. Ryan.

Imprint Oxford ; New York, N.Y. : Oxford University Press, 2010.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  344.0798 R955f 2010    ---  Available
Description ix, 384 p. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 347-369) and index.
Contents Buying time -- Don't cross that line -- 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 -- In search of ties that bind -- Epilogue : Freeman and Tee-Jay revisited.
Summary 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. Ryan closes by suggesting innovative ways to promote school integration, which would take advantage of unprecedented demographic shifts and an embrace of diversity among young adults.
Subject Segregation in education -- Law and legislation -- United States.
Education -- United States -- Regional disparities.
Discrimination in education -- Law and legislation -- United States.
School integration -- Law and legislation -- United States.
Discrimination in education -- Law and legislation. (OCoLC)fst00895042
Education -- Regional disparities. (OCoLC)fst00902737
School integration -- Law and legislation. (OCoLC)fst01107481
Segregation in education -- Law and legislation. (OCoLC)fst01111224
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Added Title 5 miles away, a world apart
ISBN 9780195327380 (hbk. : alk. paper)
9780199745609 (e-book)
0199745609 (e-book)

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