What America Must Do to Give Every Child an Even Chance
Closing the Opportunity Gap brings together top experts who offer evidence-based essays that paint a powerful picture of denied opportunities. They also describe sensible, research-based policy approaches to enhance opportunities.
Our authors and experts put together this list of policies to help policy makers and their staffs get started on closing the Opportunity Gap.
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On the 30th Anniversary of the Report “A Nation at Risk” New Book and Campaign on Closing the Opportunity Gap Announced in Remarks to the National Press Club (4/25)Download the PDF
Here are several examples of how communities around the country are making progress closing the Opportunity Gap.
Access more information about “Opportunity Gap: What America Must Do to Give Every Child an Even Chance” published by Oxford University Press here.
Appleseed asks parents, educators and school board members to take action to make schools more equitable across the nation.
Arc is an after school and experiential education provider in southern California. We create transformational learning opportunities that empower youth to realize their full potential.
Animated short about SMASH Academy and its ability to close the opportunity gap through STEM education.
Schools for Equity in Education (SEE) video explaining the opportunity gap in Minnesota's public education funding system.
What people are saying
Schooling, at its best, is about creating new futures for our children. Closing the Opportunity Gap describes education as it is and provides a vision of education as it should be. The book provides a powerful critique of the educational and social policies and practices that exacerbate the widening economic disparity between rich and poor and the growing opportunity gap for too many of our nation's youth. The authors' analyses of educational inequity and their focus on opportunity to learn offer a much needed blueprint and a new social imagination about schooling in the U.S.
As policymakers and education leaders seek to pick up the pieces of a public education system tattered by No-Child-Left-Behind style reform, Carter and Welner's book brings clear-eyed analyses of failure and of future possibilities. In one highly readable volume, the nation's leading scholars provide evidence-based accounts of the root causes, everyday realities, and long-term consequences of the nation's weightiest educational problem-profound inequality in and out of school. And, most important, they offer comprehensive, insightful, and useful remedies. Those seeking new concepts and strategies for creating the public schools our diverse nation desperately needs and deserves need look no further than this astonishing book.