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When Middle-Class Parents Choose Urban Schools
Author: Linn Posey-Maddox

ISBN: 9780226120218
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 9 February 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.5
Description:
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-Mad...

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