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Legal Rights, Local Wrongs: When Community Control Collides with Educational Equity


reviewed by Arthur Wise 2002

coverTitle: Legal Rights, Local Wrongs: When Community Control Collides with Educational Equity
Author(s): Kevin G. Welner
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791451275, Pages: 384, Year: 2001
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Legal Rights, Local Wrongs: When Community Control Collides with Educational Equity by Kevin G. Welner discusses judicial efforts to induce the detracking of students in public schools. Welner approaches the subject as an unabashed advocate of detracking who is fully prepared to use the judiciary to promote his belief in this promising but controversial educational practice. He does not gladly suffer those who stand in the way. The book should be read by those who are committed to the advancement of detracking. It is a very good brief and a study of court cases concerned with detracking, their consequences, and their aftermath. It is also a very good case study of the promise and limitations of judicial intervention as a means of educational change. As a case study, it suffers from the often fatal limitation of that methodology, namely, it may or may not be generalizable to other problems and circumstances. The title over promises, suggesting that the book covers more territory than it does. It is... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 972-975
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10903, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 7:31:31 AM

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  • Arthur Wise
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    ARTHUR WISE is president of NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) in Washington, D.C. During his career, he has worked toward teacher quality and professionalism, school finance reform, and the advancement of educational research.
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