How Suburban Schools Are Struggling with Low-Income Students and Students of Color in Their Schools
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This book, although not lengthy, has been a long time in the making. It incorporates my reflections on my suburban upbringing as well as an examination of the current state of the suburbs that I revisited with the encouragement of my family and friends. The issue of demographic change in our suburbs requires serious attention. The suburbs will need to reinvent themselves if they are going to respond to the changing population. Ta-Nehisi Coates reminded us recently that the suburbs were borne out of racial inequity, and there will be real work to do to reverse historical inequities if there is to be any hope of social justice. I truly hope that suburban districts begin to reimagine themselves and that this work helps them in that process.
I also would like to thank the teachers, students, and principals who agreed to participate in my research. They were under no obligation to do so and were working in incredibly difficult and politically charged contexts. To invite me in as a researcher took courage and showed a desire to reflect on situations that are challenging to navigate. While I discuss ways that they could be doing better in the book, I also think that they are hardworking and well-intentioned. When I shared my ← XIX | XX →findings, participants were responsive and reflective, even if the results were difficult to hear.
Finally, I would like to thank the scholars who helped frame my thinking about suburbanization and schools. They are...
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