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

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

Label
Five miles away, a world apart : one city, two schools, and the story of educational opportunity in modern America
Title
Five miles away, a world apart
Title remainder
one city, two schools, and the story of educational opportunity in modern America
Statement of responsibility
James E. Ryan
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Subject
Language
eng
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. Exhaustively researched and elegantly written by one of the nation's leading education law scholars, Five Miles Away, A World Apart ties together, like no other book, a half century's worth of education law and politics into a coherent, if disturbing, whole. It will be of interest to anyone who has ever wondered why our schools are so unequal and whether there is anything to be done about it. --Book Jacket
  • "Americans seem to concur that school desegregation is the right and just policy, and also that we will do nothing to pursue it. We also don't talk or think about it---until a book such as Five Miles Away comes along. James Ryan has produced just the right mix of case study and rigorous analysis to both help us grapple with an issue that most people would rather ignore, and to prod us into realizing the urgent need to do so. The focus on urban/suburban boundaries is exactly targeted and the attention to politics and the law, as well as to real children, is essential." Jennifer L. Hochschild, Professor of Government, Harvard University --
  • "More than 50 years after Brown v. Board of Education, educational opportunity remains dramatically unequal across the United States---often, as James Ryan illuminates, in schools that are a few miles away but still worlds apart. Filled with vivid case studies and concrete reform proposals, this important and vibrant book demonstrates the role of law in perpetuating rather than reforming educational inequality." Martha Minow, Dean, Harvard Law School --
  • "James Ryan has penned a searching and scholarly tour de force on the subject of race, community, and educational opportunity. His haunting account uses the stark differences between two neighboring Virginia schools, both located in the shadows of the capital of the Confederacy, as an opportunity to explore legal doctrine, judicial activism, social science, and public policy." Frederick M. Hess, Director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute --
  • "This book by James Ryan, a leading national expert on school law, shows a thoughtful and troubled moderate struggling to find ways to increase educational equity in America's deeply segregated and unequal schools in the face of massive legal and political obstacles to any significant change that would be opposed by suburbanites. Among the book's important strengths are a provocative treatment of the realities of metropolitan Richmond's schools and a rich discussion of equity reform efforts in state courts. Gary Orfield, Co-Director, The Civil Rights Project at UCLA --
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ryan, James E.
Dewey number
344.73/0798
Index
index present
LC call number
KF4155
LC item number
.R93 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Segregation in education
  • Education
  • Discrimination in education
  • School integration
Label
Five miles away, a world apart : one city, two schools, and the story of educational opportunity in modern America, James E. Ryan
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
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
Control code
401165245
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
ix, 384 pages
Isbn
9780195327380
Isbn Type
(hardback : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009033219
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)401165245
Label
Five miles away, a world apart : one city, two schools, and the story of educational opportunity in modern America, James E. Ryan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
401165245
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
ix, 384 pages
Isbn
9780195327380
Isbn Type
(hardback : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009033219
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)401165245

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