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Integrating Schools in a Changing SocietyNew Policies and Legal Options for a Multiracial Generation$
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Erica Frankenberg and Elizabeth DeBray

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835128

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869208_frankenberg

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School Choice as a Civil Right

School Choice as a Civil Right

The Political Construction of a Claim and Its Implications for School Desegregation

(p.32) School Choice as a Civil Right
Integrating Schools in a Changing Society

Janelle Scott

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses school choice as a civil rights issue. Drawing from historical, political, and sociological literatures and legal documents, the chapter discusses the factors that construct market-based choice as a civil right for poor parents of color. These include (1) conservative framing of school choice, (2) legal jurisprudence combined with the expansion of the suburbs and the subsequent race and social class isolation of many large urban school districts, and (3) the significant support of philanthropists on the expansion of charter school reform.

Keywords:   school choice, civil rights, conservative framing, legal jurisprudence, race, social class isolation, urban school districts, charter school reform

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