Federalism, Equity, and Accountability in Education

Authored by: Kenneth K. Wong

Handbook of Education Politics and Policy

Print publication date:  November  2014
Online publication date:  November  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415660426
eBook ISBN: 9780203074107
Adobe ISBN: 9781135106775

10.4324/9780203074107.ch9

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Abstract

Public education is closely connected to the challenge of income inequality, racial/ethnic disparities, and the urban environment in our society. In the nation’s largest central city school districts, more than 60 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price school lunch programs, a sign of poverty. African American students constitute about one-third of the enrollment in large central cities as compared to about 15 percent nationwide. The nation’s growing Latino population experiences significant school dropout problems. Schools that have a higher concentration of minority and low-income students are less likely to recruit qualified teachers, offer rigorous curricula, and maintain high academic performance.

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