Our Children Can't Wait: The Urgency of Reinventing Education Policy in America
Published by: Teachers College Press
Imprint: Teachers College Press
Sales Date: 2022-12-23
Published: December 2022
Imprint: Teachers College Press
Page Count: 312 Pages
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
312 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
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Education policies have too often ignored how conditions outside of school can alter life chances for young people, especially students of color, before they even reach the classroom. More recently, COVID-19 has made it impossible to overlook the needs of the whole child, both inside and outside of school. The authors assert that responding to a number of factors like air quality, housing, public health, community safety, segregation, and neighborhood conditions are essential to improving academic outcomes and student health. Our Children Can't Wait urges readers to reconsider what education policy is, what it could be, who it is for, and who should be directly shaping it at all levels of government. Experts present a new equity roadmap by bridging scholarship, ideas, and original thinking on education policy as a vehicle for setting a redemptive path forward for reckoning with race in America.
- Presents a new, evidence-based blueprint for addressing persistent gaps in education opportunity through a number of interrelated social policies.
- Includes contributing authors from 17 organizations and universities, representing a powerful national network of scholars.
- Goes beyond diagnosing or identifying challenges to present solutions in the form of tools and promising models.
- Offers strategies for preventing more students from experiencing homelessness or entering the criminal justice system through strategic investments.
- Addresses timely issues that are in the hearts and minds of many key stakeholders in no small part due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Foreword?Becky Pringle ? v
1. ?Our Children Can?t Wait: The Urgency of Reinventing Education Policy in America ?1
Joseph P. Bishop
2. ?Grappling With America?s History to Inform Our Future Policies ?11
Arnold?F. Fege and John?H. Jackson
3. ?Making Children a National Priority: Overcoming the Marginalization and Invisibility of Children ?23
4. ?Whose Vision of Racial Equity?: Reinventing Education Policy in Post?Civil Rights America ?41
Sonya Douglass and Anna Kushner
5. ?Developing Policy for the Whole Child ?58
Linda Darling-Hammond and Channa Mae Cook
6. ?Starting in School: Education Policies to Dismantle Systemic Racism ?76
7. ?Youths? Health and Learning Connection ?92
Alexandra Mays and Rochelle Davis
8. ?Air Pollution, Exposure to Contaminants, and Education Policy ?109
Sara Grineski and Timothy Collins
9. ?Promoting Equity and Justice Through Integrated Schools and Communities ?133
Jennifer?B. Ayscue and Erica Frankenberg
10. ?Housing Strategies as Education Policy ?154
11. ?Reimagining School Safety During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Call for Policy Strategies to Address Racial and Social Justice ?174
Heather?M. Reynolds and Ron Avi Astor
12. ?Toward Transformative Justice in School Finance ?194
Oscar Jiménez-Castellanos, Danielle Farrie, and David?M. Quinn
13. ?Youth Wildin? in the (Re)Shaping of Policy: Toward a Critical Model of Racial Justice and Community Accountability ?212
Justin?A. Coles, Keisha?L. Green, and Jamila Lyiscott
14. ?Youth Incarceration and Education Policy ?232
15. ?Students Experiencing Homelessness: A National Crisis ?251
Matthew?H. Morton, Earl?J. Edwards, and Melissa Kull
16. ?Bringing the Vision Together: How to Reach the Policies We Need ?269
About the Contributors ?281