Introduction: Reframing the Inequality Debate toward Opportunity and Mobility

This article was originally published in the Journal of Social Issues (December 2016, Vol. 72, Issue 4). The final publication is available at Wiley Online Library.

Inequality has become the defining issue since the end of the Great Recession. In U.S. education, however, the discourse remains inadequate, because it focuses on programs and initiatives that primarily help disadvantaged students. While essential, compensatory reforms neglect the larger majority debilitated by the increasing income gap between the wealthy and the rest. This includes the working class as well as the often-overlooked middle class…

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