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Posey-Maddox’s ‘When Middle-Class Parents Choose Urban Schools’ released

March 18, 2014

A book by UW-Madison’s Linn Posey-Maddox titled, “When Middle-Class Parents Choose Urban Schools,” is now available.

Posey-Maddox is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies.

Linn Posey-Maddox bookAccording to the University of Chicago Press web page promoting the book: “In recent decades a growing number of middle-class parents have considered sending their children to — and often end up becoming active in — urban public schools. Their presence can bring long-needed material resources to such schools but, as Linn Posey-Maddox shows in this study, it can also introduce new class and race tensions, and even exacerbate inequalities. Sensitively navigating the pros and cons of middle-class transformation, “When Middle-Class Parents Choose Urban Schools,” asks whether it is possible for our urban public schools to have both financial security and equitable diversity.”

The preview continues: “Drawing on in-depth research at an urban elementary school, Posey-Maddox examines parents’ efforts to support the school through their outreach, marketing, and volunteerism. She shows that when middle-class parents engage in urban school communities, they can bring a host of positive benefits, including new educational opportunities and greater diversity. But their involvement can also unintentionally marginalize less-affluent parents and diminish low-income students’ access to the improving schools. In response, Posey-Maddox argues that school reform efforts, which usually equate improvement with rising test scores and increased enrollment, need to have more equity-focused policies in place to ensure that low-income families also benefit from—and participate in—school change.”

To learn more about Posey-Maddox’s publication, visit this University of Chicago Press web page.

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