Striving in Common

Striving in Common A Regional Equity Framework for Urban Schools

Jennifer Jellison Holme and Kara S. Finnigan
cloth, 168 Pages
Pub. Date: October 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-253-9
Price: $60.00

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paper, 168 Pages
Pub. Date: October 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-252-2
Price: $31.00

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In Striving in Common, Jennifer Jellison Holme and Kara S. Finnigan seek to build a bridge between two largely disparate, yet interconnected, conversations—those among education reformers on the one hand, and urban reformers on the other. In this carefully considered volume, the authors show how the challenges faced by urban schools are linked to issues of regional equity and civic capacity.


If you read only one book about educational inequality, make it this one! With solid theory, strong evidence, and compelling examples, Holme and Finnigan decimate conventional narratives blaming schools and expecting them to remedy problems deeply rooted in the history and structures of regional inequality. Even better, they offer an astute policy framework and political strategies to tackle inequality at its source. — Jeannie Oakes, senior fellow, Learning Policy Institute, and presidential professor emeritus, University of California at Los Angeles

After decades of education policies overly focused on tackling the education achievement gap by changing schools, it’s become clear that changing schools alone will not suffice. The debate now shifts from one over whether schools can or cannot ‘do it alone’ to more fertile questions about what else needs to be addressed. Striving in Common puts a needed spotlight on the critically important roles of housing, region, place, and race, correcting what the authors label the ‘misdiagnosis’ of educational failure and countering with a new diagnosis as well as a plan for treatment. — Jeffrey R. Henig, series editor, Education Politics and Policy

Holme and Finnigan have written one of the strongest and most important education policy books we have read in a long time. — Wagma Mommandi and Katherine Schultz, Teachers College Record

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About the Authors

Jennifer Jellison Holme is an associate professor of education policy in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin. Kara S. Finnigan is a professor at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

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