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Closing the Opportunity GapWhat America Must Do to Give Every Child an Even Chance$
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Prudence L. Carter and Kevin G. Welner

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199982981

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982981.001.0001

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Housing Segregation Produces Unequal Schools

Housing Segregation Produces Unequal Schools

Causes and Solutions

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(p.40) 4 Housing Segregation Produces Unequal Schools
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Closing the Opportunity Gap
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Gary Orfield

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982981.003.0004

Gary Orfieldfocuses on racial issues, explaining the intertwined character and baneful consequences of segregation in housing and schools. Educational opportunity is directly and deeply connected with housing. Segregated neighborhoods linked to segregated schools produce unequal education. From the 1960s through the 1980s, school desegregation efforts opened middle-class, all-white schools to millions of students of color, particularly Black students in the South. Now, however, most of the gains of urban desegregation have been lost. The United Statesis again becoming a very stratified and segregated country, but it will soon have a non-white majority whose children will be largely excluded from essential educational opportunities because of where they live. Rights to equal housing and education must, Orfieldargues, again be fought for and won.

Keywords:   Residential segregation, school segregation, gentrification, school choice, race, class

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