Multiethnic Moments: The Politics of Urban Education Reform

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Temple University Press, 2006 - Education - 243 pages
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When courts lifted their school desegregation orders in the 1990sdeclaring that black and white students were now "integrated" in America's public schoolsit seemed that a window of opportunity would open for Latinos, Asians, and people of other races and ethnicities to influence school reform efforts. However, in most large cities the "multiethnic moment" passed, without leading to greater responsiveness to burgeoning new constituencies. Multiethnic Moments examines school systems in four major U.S. citiesBoston, Denver, Los Angeles, and San Franciscoto uncover the factors that worked for and against ethnically-representative school change. More than a case study, this book is a concentrated effort to come to grips with the multiethnic city as a distinctive setting. It utilizes the politics of education reform to provide theoretically-grounded, empirical scholarship about the broader contemporary politics of race and ethnicityemphasizing the intersection of interests, ideas, and institutions with the differing political legacies of each of the cities under consideration.
 

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Contents

Interests Ideas and Institutions The Politics of School Reform in Multiethnic Cities
1
Race Ethnicity and Education
32
Local School Reform Agendas Changing the Rules of the Game
56
Interests and Education Reform in Multiethnic Cities
92
Ideas and Education Reform in Multiethnic Cities
116
Institutions and Education Reform in Multiethnic Cities
143
A Developmental Perspective on Education in Multiethnic Cities
170
Methods Appendix
187
Data Appendix
206
References
220
Notes
232
Index
237
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Clarke is professor of political science.

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