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Education, Justice, and Democracy$
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Rob Reich and Danielle Allen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226012629

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226012933.001.0001

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Equality, Adequacy, and K–12 Education

Equality, Adequacy, and K–12 Education

(p.43) Chapter 2 Equality, Adequacy, and K–12 Education
Education, Justice, and Democracy

Rob Reich

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines two ideals that could guide a state's provision of primary and secondary schooling: equality and adequacy. It discusses the difference between equality and adequacy, and shows what these conceptual differences mean for educational policy and practice. The chapter begins by outlining the historical evolution in education law and policy from an equality orientation to an adequacy orientation, and then provides a conceptual primer on equality and adequacy. The final section relates these conceptual differences to current educational policy debates.

Keywords:   education policy, education law, primary education, secondary education, schooling

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