A Fine Line: How Most American Kids Are Kept Out of the Best Public Schools

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Redtail Press, May 17, 2020 - Education - 280 pages
Which side of the line do you live on? In 1954 the Supreme Court ruled that little Linda Brown couldn't be excluded from a public school because of her race. In that landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the court famously declared that public education must be available to all on equal terms. But sixty-six years later, many of the best public schools remain closed to all but the most privileged families. Empowered by little-known state laws, school districts draw attendance zones around their best schools, indicating who is, and who isn't, allowed to enroll. In many American cities, this means that living on one side of the street or the other will determine whether you leave eighth grade on a track for future success or barely able to read.

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TIM DeROCHE is a consultant and writer based in Los Angeles. For twenty years, he has worked with clients in K-12 education, serving public school districts, charter school networks, and curriculum developers. He has written for Education Week, the LA Business Journal, and the Washington Post. He is an alumnus of both the international consulting firm McKinsey & Company and the PBS Producers Academy. His first book The Ballad of Huck & Miguel-a retelling of Huck Finn set on the Los Angeles River-was an Amazon bestseller.

GLORIA ROMERO is the co-founder and Executive Director of Scholarship Prep Public Schools. In 2001 she was elected to the 24th Senate District of California, representing East Los Angeles and eastern Los Angeles County until 2010. She was chosen by her peers to serve as Senate Democratic Caucus Chair and as Senate Majority Leader the first woman to ever hold that leadership position. She also served as Chair of the Senate Education Committee.

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