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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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The Federal Role in Educational Equity

The Federal Role in Educational Equity

The Two Narratives of School Reform and the Debate over Accountability

(p.221) Chapter 10 The Federal Role in Educational Equity
Education, Justice, and Democracy

Patrick McGuinn

University of Chicago Press

This chapter traces the shifts in federal education policy over the past half-century, as well as a growing debate inside the Democratic Party over the place of accountability reforms in bringing greater educational equity. It argues that the persistence of large racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps is undermining the realization of America's democratic promise. Assessment and accountability are essential to advancing educational equity for low-income and minority children in the United States. Regardless of the particular definition of “educational equity” one embraces, it is unlikely to be achieved without efforts to measure and motivate progress toward reaching it.

Keywords:   education policy, justice, equality, social reform, school reform, educational equity

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