9780313393839

Black Educational Choice : Assessing the Private and Public Alternatives to Traditional K-12 Public Schools

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  • ISBN13:

    9780313393839

  • ISBN10:

    0313393834

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-11-30
  • Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group

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Closing the K12 achievement gap is critical to the future welfare of African American individuals, families, and communitiesand to the future of our nation as a whole. The black-white academic achievement gapthe significant statistical difference in academic performance between African American students and their white peersis the single greatest impediment to achieving racial equality and social justice in America. Black Educational Choice provides parents, citizens, educators, and policymakers the critical knowledge they need to leverage the national trend toward increasing and diversifying K12 school choice beyond traditional neighborhood public schools. Parents can use this information to optimize the success of their own African American children, while policymakers and educators can apply these insights to help close the black-white academic achievement gap throughout America. The book collects the interdisciplinary, multi-racial, and multi-ethnic perspectives of education experts to address the questions of millions of anxious African American families: "Would sending our children to a private school or a charter school significantly better their chances of closing the achievement gap and becoming successful individuals? And if so, what kinds of challenges would they likely experience in these alternative educational settings?"

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