Gentrification and Schools

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Gentrification is changing the demographic makeup of neighborhoods across America. This reinvestment of capital in poor, urban communities has the effect of putting the affluent and the poor on the same streets, and has the potential to do the same in schools. In this book, the process of school integration in gentrifying neighborhoods is explicated as a step by step process through the perspective of the neighborhood’s "gentry parents," whose relative privilege puts the decision of whether to integrate a school in their hands. The challenges of meaningful social mixing between disparate groups drive this story of school change.

Excerpt from Chapter 1