Socioeconomic Status

Its Broad Sweep and Long Reach in Education

Authored by: Doris R. Entwisle , Karl L. Alexander , Linda S. Olson

Handbook of Research on Schools, Schooling, and Human Development

Print publication date:  May  2010
Online publication date:  June  2010

Print ISBN: 9780805859485
eBook ISBN: 9780203874844
Adobe ISBN: 9781135283872


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Studies of the social inequality in schooling or because of schooling began with the Coleman Report (Coleman et al., 1966), which responded to Section 402 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It said:

The Commissioner shall conduct a survey and make a report to the President and the Congress…concerning the lack of availability of equal educational opportunities for individuals by reason of race, color, religion, or national origin in public educational institutions at all levels in the United States, its territories and possessions, and the District of Columbia.

(p. iii)

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