‘When Middle-Class Parents Choose Urban Schools’
CLASS, RACE, AND THE CHALLENGE OF EQUITY IN PUBLIC EDUCATION
By Linn posey-maddox
Linn Posey-Maddox, Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies, has just released her new book titled, “When Middle-Class Parents Choose Urban Schools."
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 from—and participate in—school change.
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UW-Madison Teaching and Learning Innovation Honorable Mention Award
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Virginia Horne Henry Award
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