Schools and Inequality
Present educational finance policies can be construed to be in violation of the equal Protection Clause of the United states Constitution's Fourteenth Amendment. Assisted by the National Urban Coalition, the authors of this book have compiled a great deal of information and analysis on school services in the state of Michigan—information which may typify such services throughout the country. Their research was conducted initially to serve as evidence in a suit filed by the Detroit Board of Education which alleged dscrimination in the state's distribution of resources to schools: "It may be that the courts will be persuaded to act on the matter, or it may be that the logic of the interpretation will nevertheless be effective in convincing state legislatures themselves of the need to act. In any event, it is our position that the specific arguments made to courts and legislative bodies should embody research of the type illustrated by this book."
HardcoverOut of Print ISBN: 9780262070447 253 pp. |
The latest chapter in our effort to understand the realities of inequality is an immensely important one. Extremely capable students of society are beginning to lay bare the manner in which the very workings of the system create inequities and thwart the drive toward equal opportunity.... Perhaps it is a mark of our maturity that men of deep commitment to social values can and will turn to the arduous kind of analysis represented in this study. We owe a great debt to the authors of thisvolume.
John W. Gardner
This is an important, rare, and elegantbook. It is important in that, utilizingrich data available for a sample of Michigan school districts and individual schools,convincing evidence is brought to bear regarding the interelationship of pupils'socioeconomic status (SES), quality of available school services, pupils' achievements, and pupils' postschool performance The book is rare in that it addresses a question of wide concern in a fashion that makes it comprehensible to lay leader and scholar alike This book is elegant in its methodology and economy of data presentation.