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Choosing Equality: School Choice, the Constitution and Civil Society

reviewed by Stephen D. Sugarman - 2001

coverTitle: Choosing Equality: School Choice, the Constitution and Civil Society
Author(s): Joseph P. Viteritti
Publisher: Brookings Institution, Washington D.C.
ISBN: 0815790465, Pages: 352, Year: 1999
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For those relatively new to the school choice debate and its history – or for those seeking a thoughtful and up-to-date review of school choice developments – Joseph P. Viteritti’s new book is an excellent option. Moreover, Choosing Equality: School Choice, the Constitution, and Civil Society presents a strong case for school choice schemes aimed at low income families. School choice experts may not find a great deal new, but nearly everyone is bound to discover several tasty nuggets in this well-written and nicely-organized book. Viteritti nicely brings together under one umbrella details about both charter schools and school voucher plans. The most effective advocacy in the book is to yoke school choice to the failed promise of the two most important school reform efforts of the last half-century -- the quest of racial equality as embodied in Brown v. Board of Education, and the quest for financial fairness as embodied in Serrano v. Priest. As Viteritti puts it "Public schools, especially urban schools, have not only neglected... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 103 Number 1, 2001, p. 75-77
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10508, Date Accessed: 4/18/2021 1:16:07 AM

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  • Stephen Sugarman
    University of California, Berkeley
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    Stephen D. Sugarman is Agnes Roddy Robb Professor of Law at the Boalt Hall School of Law at University of California, Berkeley, where he is currently the director of the Family Law Program of the Earl Warren Legal Institute. Professor Sugarman has written the following books with Boalt colleague John Coons: Private Wealth and Public Education, Education by Choice: The Case for Family Control, Scholarships for Children, and, most recently, Making School Choice Work for All Families (1999). He and Coons also argued the landmark case of Serrano v. Priest before the California Supreme Court.
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