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Empowering the Poor : Why Justice Requires School Choice - David Van Heemst

Empowering the Poor

Why Justice Requires School Choice

Paperback Published: 1st January 2004
ISBN: 9781578861194
Number Of Pages: 232

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Do vouchers offer real hope for economically disadvantaged students in American schools? David Van Heemst contends that school choice will give every parent, including poor ones, a voucher to select schools. Poor children will have the opportunity to attend the finest schools, and will have a major hurdle in their path, a poor education, removed. Building on a twenty-year tradition of jurisprudence, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in July 2002 that there is no Establishment Clause violation in a well-designed system of school choice. The evidence from the small scale choice programs in Milwaukee and Cleveland suggests that not only do poor children benefit by maintaining or increasing their standardized test scores but also that families become empowered. Many polls demonstrate that not only poor parents favor school choice but that many middle and upper class Americans do too. As more parents get the opportunity to select their children's schools, other parents will demand the same opportunity. Poor children will be the primary beneficiaries in a system of school choice. Schools and teachers will have the freedom to design curricula and methods targeted to meet the needs of every child. Not one child will be required to attend a substandard school merely due to economic status. Justice requires that we evaluate systems and societies based upon how the least of us is treated. Justice demands that our K-12 system be transformed to make it similar to our university system so that a child's parent may select any accredited school with a voucher. The educational challenges of poor children have been well-documented in this book and Van Heemst offers a tangible solution.

A careful, persuasive, scholarly argument about one of the great issues facing American education. A must-read for anyone interested in overcoming poverty in America.--Ronald J. Sider, president, Evangelicals for Social Action

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
How Are the Poor Doing in Our Current U.S. System?p. 1
Justice: A Philosophy of Empowering All Parentsp. 29
The Supreme Court Aids the Poorp. 67
Elements of a Good School-Choice Planp. 101
What Is Happening in the United States with School Choice?p. 137
The Poor Benefit from School Choicep. 165
Conclusionp. 195
Select Bibliographyp. 199
Indexp. 213
About the Authorp. 219
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ISBN: 9781578861194
ISBN-10: 1578861195
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 1st January 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.35 x 37.03  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.36