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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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A More Perfect UnionReconciling School Choice Policy with Equality of Opportunity Goals

A More Perfect UnionReconciling School Choice Policy with Equality of Opportunity Goals

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(p.123) 9 A More Perfect UnionReconciling School Choice Policy with Equality of Opportunity Goals
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Closing the Opportunity Gap
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Janelle Scott

Amy Stuart Wells

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982981.003.0009

Janelle Scott and Amy Stuart Wells delve into the problems and potential of school choice in either exacerbating or alleviating the opportunity gap. They contend that school choice policies within a test-focused educational system can advance the goal of greater educational equity if those policies are conceptualized and constructed in a manner that acknowledges the structural inequality within which public schools exist today and if they include sensible and powerful provisions to counteract the effects of those inequalities.Currently, however, the vast majority of charter school and school voucher policies do not provide incentives for maintaining diverse schools, despite a significant research base that finds multiple individual educational benefits for students who attend such institutions and for the broader, societal benefits of having citizens who can interact across race and socioeconomic status.

Keywords:   School choice, educational policy, vouchers, testing, inequality, politics of education

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