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Posey-Maddox quoted in Mother Jones report about school integration, gentrification

September 29, 2017

UW-Madison's Linn Posey-Maddox was quoted in a recent article from Mother Jones headlined, "What White Parents Can Do to Help Desegregate Schools."

Linn Posey-Maddox
Posey-Maddox is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies, and the author of “When Middle-Class Parents Choose Urban Schools.”

The article explores the issues that arise when attempts toward school integration from well-meaning white parents cause issues of exclusion and gentrification. White parents may focus on fundraising in parent-teacher associations, drawing in more middle class families, causing over-enrollment and pushing out poor students, the article reported.

Posey-Maddox said in the article that these processes of "school gentrification" can make more diverse and well-funded schools also more exclusive, unless school districts oversee the transition. 

"It shouldn't just be left up to parents to bear the burden of integrating and equity," Posey-Maddox said in the article. 

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