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Socioeconomic School Integration

Richard D. Kahlenberg

in Toward Positive Youth Development

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780195327892
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199301478 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327892.003.0014
Socioeconomic School Integration

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In recent years, a growing number of school districts have tried to shape the social setting of the school by implementing student assignment policies to reduce concentrations of school poverty. This chapter describes the research underlying socioeconomic school integration programs, including the finding that integration by socioeconomic status matters more to student achievement than does racial integration. It offers a theory of how to create economic integration in schools through choice and incentives rather than compulsion; articulates the ingredients of successful socioeconomic integration plans; describes how to measure the degree of economic school integration and its success or failure; outlines exemplars of efforts to create economic school integration; and considers the current status of the literature and promising future directions.

Keywords: socioeconomic integration; racial integration; poverty concentrations; school choice; magnet schools

Chapter.  6507 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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