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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

Publ Info Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
 Bryant Main Stacks  KF4155 .R93 2010    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  KF4155 .R93 2010    AVAILABLE
 Salve Curriculum Library  KF4155 .R93 2010    AVAILABLE
 URI  KF4155 R93 2010    AVAILABLE
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Descript ix, 384 pages ; 25 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
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
Note 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.--From book jacket
LC 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
ISBN 9780195327380 (hardback : alk. paper)
0195327381 (hardback : alk. paper)