Hope and Despair in the American City: Why There Are No Bad Schools in Raleigh


reviewed by Eva Foldes Travers - October 26, 2009

coverTitle: Hope and Despair in the American City: Why There Are No Bad Schools in Raleigh
Author(s): Gerald Grant
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0674032942, Pages: 240, Year: 2009
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The Milliken decision that struck down a metropolitan desegregation plan in Detroit was the beginning of the end of legal efforts to desegregate American schools. In Hope and Despair in the American City: Why there are no bad schools in Raleigh, Gerald Grant makes a compelling argument that the residential segregation that characterizes virtually all urban districts and their suburbs leaves inner city students in schools isolated by race/ethnicity and social class. The twin goals of desegregation and equal educational opportunity thus are largely unattainable. Based on extensive field research in Raleigh/Wake County, North Carolina, which he describes as the rare example of a district where true integration and educational achievement have occurred, and Syracuse, New York, which he describes as a typical example of a district that fails it students, Grant skillfully analyzes why the educational outcomes in these two cities differ so significantly.   Grant's book is a welcome addition... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 26, 2009
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15812, Date Accessed: 10/25/2020 11:41:05 PM

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