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Parents, teachers, and children : prospects for choice in American education
Coleman, James S., 1926-1995.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Institute for Contemporary Studies, [1977]

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x, 336 pages ; 21 cm
Choice in American education / American education: past and present: Consensus and conflict in American education: historical perspectives / Classroom collage: one perspective / Parent and community views: Why a Harlem Parents Union? / Parochial schools: the "free choice" alternative / California: the Self-determination Act, 1968 / Public education and American pluralism / American education and the economics of caring / Opportunities for choice: A case for choice / Options market in education / Choice in education and parent responsibility / Freedom of choice: "our commitment to integration" / Voucher plans and sectarian schools: the constitutional problem / Politics of choice: a view from the bridge / Social trust / Choice and integration: a model statute / Amicus brief supporting court-ordered voluntary integration plan in Crawford v. Los Angeles Unified School District (1977).
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Author Notes

James S. Coleman is an American sociologist who has focused much of his work on mathematical sociology. His areas of interest have been social conflict, collective decision making, and the sociology of education. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1955 and taught at Johns Hopkins University.

Coleman is best known for heading a commission charged by the federal government with investigating the lack of educational opportunities for minorities in public schools. The document produced by the commission, Equity of Educational Opportunity (1966), is better known as the Coleman Report. It indicated that student achievement has more to do with family background and peer environment than with school resources. The Coleman Report became the basis for the institution of student busing to achieve racial integration in public schools.

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