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When Middle-Class Parents Choose Urban SchoolsClass, Race, and the Challenge of Equity in Public Education$
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Linn Posey-Maddox

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226120188

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226120355.001.0001

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Maintaining a “Commitment to Everyone”

Maintaining a “Commitment to Everyone”

Toward a Vision of Equitable Development in Urban Public Schooling

(p.144) (p.145) Seven Maintaining a “Commitment to Everyone”
When Middle-Class Parents Choose Urban Schools

Linn Posey-Maddox

University of Chicago Press

This final chapter highlights the need for critical and nuanced studies of urban school transformation, as well as evaluations of “progress” and “reform” in urban education that extend beyond commonly used markers such as rising test scores, the presence of the middle-class, and greater material resources. It offers a new way to think about and address the role of middle-class parents in school integration efforts, based on the goal of producing equitable development in public education. The chapter concludes with a focus on education policy and practice, providing several recommendations for policy makers, district and school staff, and parents based on the findings of the study.

Keywords:   urban school transformation, urban education, education policy, test scores, school integration, equitable development, middle-class parents

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