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When Middle-Class Parents Choose Urban Schools – Class, Race, and the Challenge of Equity in Public Education - Chicago Scholarship Online
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When Middle-Class Parents Choose Urban Schools: Class, Race, and the Challenge of Equity in Public Education

Linn Posey-Maddox


This book examines the school choices and engagement of middle- and upper middle-class parents in urban education. It is based upon ethnographic research conducted in a California public elementary school affected by demographic change. The book contributes to the literature on economic integration and school choice through its exploration of an understudied phenomenon: school demographic shifts driven by the outreach, marketing, and volunteerism of middle-class parents, rather than by district policies and practices. The findings indicate that the engagement of a racially mixed group of midd ... More

Keywords: educational inequality, economic integration, middle-class, parent engagement, diversity, demographic change, school reform, school choice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226120188
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226120355.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Linn Posey-Maddox, author