Education Inequality: Broadening Public Attitudes through Framing

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. Research over the last 50 years have been remarkably consistent when it comes to addressing education inequality: background factors like family and socioeco- nomics matter to school success. Yet policies remain narrowly focused […]

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 […]

A Divided Public: 2012 PDK Poll on Public Education

Uncertainty and disagreement characterized a large portion of the general public’s attitudes toward education issues, according to the recent 2012 Phi Delta Kappan’s annual Gallup poll. Among the major highlights, the public is divided about whether: Teachers should be evaluated based on student standardized test scores (52% favor; 47% opposed) Parents should receive vouchers to […]