How Suburban Schools Are Struggling with Low-Income Students and Students of Color in Their Schools
Chapter 3. Lanfield Middle School: Tension and Division in the New Suburban School
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When you leave the city and enter the community of Lanfield, you come onto a six-lane roadway. Large billboards advertise the state lottery. There are liquor stores, gun shops, strip malls, and union halls. There are dollar stores and churches. Spanish and English signs hang on the storefronts. People of all races wait for buses. This is a town that Orfield and Frankenberg (2012) describe as “inner ring transitioning” within a larger district; it is a suburban community experiencing rapid racial and economic change that is close to the city line (p. 39). Like so many suburban communities across the country, Lanfield has experienced a demographic shift in the last decade, and has become increasingly diverse in terms of race, class, and numbers of immigrant families.
Lanfield was established as a town in the mid-nineteenth century, and by the 1950s it was a railroad hub, strategically located on the city’s southern border. Housing developments started to spring up. It became a center for skilled tradespeople to work. Union halls dot the main roadway in Lanfield, representing workers who worked in the city’s factories, in skilled trades. Since that time, the community had remained working class, but now that the economy has shifted away from manufacturing and into service, Lanfield’s residents struggle with high unemployment and poverty in some cases.
← 45 | 46 →Over the last decade, the median household income in 2010 was far below the national average at $45,813,...
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