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Good Schools in Poor Neighborhoods

Defying Demographics, Achieving Success

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"Poor, urban schools can make a difference—and some of them do."

In a nation that holds equal opportunity for all people as its most fundamental ideal, the sad reality is that poor children—especially poor minority children—usually receive a lower-quality education than their better-off peers. But some schools have beaten the odds. Good Schools in Poor Neighborhoods contrasts highly effective schools serving urban, low-income, minority youth with their more typical, struggling counterparts. Highlighted are two disparate districts: one serving predominately African American students in a large northeastern city and one serving Latino students in a southwestern urban area. Through solid data from original research, as well as lively vignettes and vivid quotes from principals, teachers, parents, and students, a picture of exceptional schools emerges to guide policymakers and practitioners.

Good Schools in Poor Neighborhoods: Defying Demographics, Achieving Success, by Beatriz Chu Clewell and Patricia B. Campbell, with Lesley Perlman, is available from the Urban Institute Press (paper, 6" x 9", 280 pages, ISBN 978-0-87766-742-1, $29.50).

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