When Middle-Class Parents Choose Urban Schools: Class, Race, and the Challenge of Equity in Public Education (Paperback)

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In recent decades a growing number of middle-class parents have considered sending their children toand often end up becoming active inurban public schools. Their presence can bring long-needed material resources to such schools, but, as Linn Posey-Maddox shows in this study, it can also introduce new class and race tensions, and even exacerbate inequalities. Sensitively navigating the pros and cons of middle-class transformation, "When Middle-Class Parents Choose Urban Schools" asks whether it is possible for our urban public schools to have both financial security and equitable diversity.
Drawing on in-depth research at an urban elementary school, Posey-Maddox examines parents efforts to support the school through their outreach, marketing, and volunteerism. She shows that when middle-class parents engage in urban school communities, they can bring a host of positive benefits, including new educational opportunities and greater diversity. But their involvement can also unintentionally marginalize less-affluent parents and diminish low-income students access to the improving schools. In response, Posey-Maddox argues that school reform efforts, which usually equate improvement with rising test scores and increased enrollment, need to have more equity-focused policies in place to ensure that low-income families also benefit fromand participate inschool change.

About the Author


Linn Posey-Maddox is assistant professor of educational policy studies at the University of WisconsinMadison.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780226120218
ISBN-10: 022612021X
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: March 18th, 2014
Pages: 204
Language: English