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Could it be Otherwise? Parents and the Inequities of Public School Choice


reviewed by Sarah A. Robert ó October 25, 2007

coverTitle: Could it be Otherwise? Parents and the Inequities of Public School Choice
Author(s): Lois Andre-Bechely
Publisher: Routledge, New York
ISBN: 0415945216, Pages: 240, Year: 2005
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“How do schools and educational institutions themselves place parents in such a position that in making what they believe to be the best decision for their children and their families they become complicit in inequitable outcomes for other parents’ children” (p.27)? To answer this question, Could it be otherwise? Parents and the inequities of public school choice critically examines the ways one urban school district’s four separate school choice policies position parents already situated in unequal relations of race, class, and gender such that their decisions on behalf of their own children result in less opportunity for other people’s children. Based on two years of qualitative research involving interviews with a racially and economically diverse group of 13 parents whose children attended elementary, middle, and high schools in the Deluca Unified School District (a pseudonym) and 11 district officials, Lois Andre-Bechely illustrates the actual work parents did to choose schools—sometimes... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 25, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14687, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 5:56:23 AM

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  • Sarah Robert
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
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    SARAH A. ROBERT is a doctoral candidate in UW-Madisonís Department of Educational Policy Studies. Her research interests lie in exploring the relationship of the gendered nature of educational labor and policy, particularly in Latin America or related to Latinas/os. Her dissertation employs theories of gender regimes to explore the impact of national educational reform on teachersí labor and professional identity in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her next research endeavor examines Latin American immigrant parentsí perspectives of parent involvement policies and programs in their childrenís US schools as a means of shaping more culturally-relevant family-school connections.
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