Our Promise

Achieving Educational Equality for America's Children

by Maurice R. Dyson, Daniel B. Weddle

Tags: Education, Education Law

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636 pp  $68.00

ISBN 978-1-59460-127-9

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With the reauthorization and possible impending repeal of the No Child Left Behind Act in the next presidential administration, and the Supreme Court's recent education pronouncements involving race in K-12 education and higher education, along with the mounting concerns regarding school finance and testing, this compendium of works by nationally distinguished contributors, leading thinkers and policymakers who hail from a broad variety of disciplines represents the first effort to explore educational law through the interrelated fields of "critical race education," sociology, civil rights, pedagogical theory and law.

Contributors include William Kaplan, Maurice Dyson, Preston Green, Bruce Baker, Angela Onwuachi Willig, Verna Williams, Victoria Dodd, Molly O'Brien and several more, with a foreword by T.K. Daniels.

This critical reader of scholarly articles, essays and critiques explores the intractable issues in the landscape of educational equality, including school finance, special education, affirmative action, desegregation, curricular reform and bilingual education, through the prism of race, ethnicity, language, disability, socioeconomic status, sex and gender.

Written by and for educators and policymakers, Our Promise is an ideal seminar text or companion piece for education, civil rights, sociology, economics and race-oriented interdisciplinary courses. An indispensable classroom tool for comprehending policy discussions, Our Promise is also well-suited for adoption in undergraduate and graduate education schools and public policy administration programs across the nation.

"This edited volume provides a thought-provoking collection of papers by expert legal scholars and serves as a reminder of the extensive work that is yet to be accomplished in the evaluation of educational policy. The authors encourage us to take a second look at the research surrounding the topics of equality in education and urge us to examine the benchmarks of progress so as to gauge next steps and possible new directions in educational achievement. In a sense, this is a compilation of works that serve as a reminder that the nation's growth and its history will be measured not by its preuscular and steganographic support of educating a select few in education, but, instead, by establishing the bright light of accountability and our commitment to every student by advocating for the full embodiment of equality in education." — Philip T. K. Daniel, Adjunct Professor of Law, The Ohio State University.