The Future of School Integration MOBI ↠ Future of

Almost fifty years ago the Coleman Report widely regarded as the most important educational study of the twentieth century found that the most powerful predictor of academic achievement is the socioeconomic status of a child's family The second most important predictor is the socioeconomic status of the classmates in his or her school Until very recently the importance of this second finding has been consciously ignored by policymakers and the national education debate has centered on trying to fix high poverty schools by pouring greater resources into them paying educators to teach in them or turning them into charter schools At the local level however eighty school districts educating four million students now consciously seek to integrate schools by socioeconomic status The Future of School Integration looks at how socioeconomic school integration has been pursued as a strategy to reduce the proportion of high poverty schools and therefore to improve the performance of students overall It examines whether students learn in socioeconomically integrated schools—and pre K programs—than in high poverty institutions and explores the costs and benefits of integration programs The book also investigates whether such integration is logistically and politically feasible looking at the promises and pitfalls of both intradistrict and interdistrict integration programs Finally it examines the relevance of socioeconomic integration strategies being pursued by states and localities to the ongoing policy debates in Washington over efforts to turn around the nation's lowest performing schools and to improve the quality of charter schoolsContributors include Stephanie Aberger Expeditionary Learning Marco Basile Harvard University Jennifer Jellison Holme University of Texas–Austin Ann Mantil Harvard Anne G Perkins Jeanne L Reid Teachers College Meredith P Richards University of Texas–Austin Heather Schwartz RAND Kori J Stroub University of Texas–Austin and Sheneka M Williams University of Georgia

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