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Posey-Maddox quoted in Education Week report on how income level affects parent involvement

April 21, 2017

UW-Madison's Linn Posey-Maddox was quoted in a recent article from Education Week about how different levels of income affect parents' ability to participate at their children's schools.

The report is headlined, "How Parents Widen-Or Shrink-Academic Gaps."

Linn Posey-Maddox
Posey-Maddox is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. She is a scholar of urban and suburban education -- with an emphasis on race, class and educational inequality. Posey-Maddox also is the author of the 2014 book, “When Middle-Class Parents Choose Urban Schools: Class, Race, and the Challenge of Equity in Public Education (University of Chicago Press).”

In the article, Posey-Maddox explains how even at economically diverse schools, social circles across parent groups often become segregated racially and economically. 

"A lot of these social groups of parents and gatherings exist in separate silos," Posey-Maddox told Education Week. "There might be a (parent-teacher organization), a bilingual-action committee, a Title I group mandated by the state — but there's not a lot of collaboration or sharing of resources across these parent groups."

Posey-Maddox also explained how economically diverse schools that specifically helped low-income and disengaged parents have a voice were able to improve as a school as well as maintain equity for lower-income students.

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