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Student Diversity, Choice, and School Improvement

This book examines research about trends affecting public school diversity, improvement, and choice. It finds that schools with socioeconomically and racially diversified student bodies are more effective learning communities than schools that are poverty-concentrated and racially homogenous; public school choice implemented via the controlled choice method of student assignment, with enrollment fairness guidelines for schools in student attendance zones consisting of pluralistic populations and several school sites equitably available to all zone residents, is the best way to achieve diversified student bodies; and whole school change with a focused curriculum for all is a more effective learning environment than magnet school attractor programs within schools that are not available to all students.

  • Contributor: Willie, Charles V., Edwards, Ralph, Alves, Michael J.
  • Author's address: Begin & Garvey, 88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881 ($17.95). Web site:
  • Date Published: 00-00
  • Year: 2002

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