- The education reform movement has failed in its effort to boost educational outcomes for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
- Part 1: Education is Not the Answer
- Part 2: New York Schools Most Segregated in the Nation
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Part 1: Education is Not the Answer
Everyone deserves a great public education, but better schools alone can’t fight inequality.
Dean Baker, Jacobin Magazine / Portside
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April 14, 2014 | Portside Editor's Note: This article is from Class Action: An Activist Teacher’s Handbook, a joint project of Jacobin and the Chicago Teachers Union’s CORE. The booklet can be downloaded for free and print copies are still available.
It’s common in policy circles to claim that improving the quality of education in inner cities and impoverished rural areas is the answer to halting the growing gap between rich and poor. This view reflects not only illusions about the potential for substantially improving education for children from low- and moderate-income families without deeper economic and political shifts, but also a serious misunderstanding about the growth of inequality over the last three decades.
There should be no surprise, then, that the education reform movement has failed in its effort to boost educational outcomes for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Dean Baker, Co-director, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) ; author, 'The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive'
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Part 2: New York Schools Most Segregated in the Nation
- Public school students in the state are increasingly isolated by race and class as the proportion of minority and poor students continues to grow.
- UCLA report identifies alarming trends throughout the Empire State.
Jessica Epperly , Civil Rights Project
This Day in History: On Feb. 3, 1964, 464,000 New York City school children — almost half of the city’s student body — skipped school as part of a protest against segregation within their school system. Brooklyn Daily Eagle
March 26, 2014 | A report released today by UCLA’s Civil Rights Project finds that public school students in New York continue to be severely segregated. Public school students in the state are increasingly isolated by race and class as the proportion of minority and poor students continues to grow, according to the CRP report, “New York State’s Extreme School Segregation: Inequality, Inaction and a Damaged Future.”
The study explores trends in enrollment and school segregation patterns from 1989 to 2010 at the state and regional levels, including the New York City metropolitan areas of Long Island and the New York City District, and the upstate metropolitan areas of Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse.
The Civil Rights Project is now co-directed by Gary Orfield and Patricia Gándara, professors at UCLA. Its mission is to create a new generation of research in social science and law on the critical issues of civil rights and equal opportunity for racial and ethnic groups in the United States.
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