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Beating The Odds With 'Continuous Improvement'

Two writers who have given quite a bit of thought to the balancing act of practicality and educational advantage are Richard Rothstein in "Class and Schools" and Richard Kahlenberg in a 2000 brief to The Century Foundation titled "Economic School Integration."
Two writers who have given quite a bit of thought to the balancing act of practicality and educational advantage are Richard Rothstein in "Class and Schools" and Richard Kahlenberg in a 2000 brief to The Century Foundation titled "Economic School Integration."

Rothstein, a visiting professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute, believes that in addition to the services and programs provided for poor children in school, "Government must address a host of issues - health care, housing, employment - if poor children are to be truly successful in school."

He argues that while economic integration is an important prerequisite for poor children to succeed, it should be pursued mainly through housing integration. "Parents legitimately want their children to go to school near home," he says.

This article, written by Gary Mathews, superintendent of Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools, appeared in the July 6th, 2006 publication of The Daily News.

Published Saturday, Jul. 8, 2006

Beating The Odds With 'Continuous Improvement'

Two writers who have given quite a bit of thought to the balancing act of practicality and educational advantage are Richard Rothstein in "Class and Schools" and Richard Kahlenberg in a 2000 brief to The Century Foundation titled "Economic School Integration."

Rothstein, a visiting professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute, believes that in addition to the services and programs provided for poor children in school, "Government must address a host of issues - health care, housing, employment - if poor children are to be truly successful in school."

He argues that while economic integration is an important prerequisite for poor children to succeed, it should be pursued mainly through housing integration. "Parents legitimately want their children to go to school near home," he says.

This article, written by Gary Mathews, superintendent of Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools, appeared in the July 6th, 2006 publication of The Daily News.
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