Break These Chains
The Battle For School ChoiceBook - 1996
Frustrated and angry that their children are not getting the solid education their tax dollars should provide, parents everywhere have lost faith in the public school system. A testimony to this frustration, low-income parents in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, seized their district's school choice initiative and used it to renounce public education, demanding the right to send their children to successful schools where learning counts. "A story that must be told. . . . Wonderfully told." -- Ben J. Wattenberg, author ofValues Matter Most Break These Chainsis a street-level account of Milwaukee's school-choice program, the first such publicly funded program in the United States. Daniel McGroarty details the battle of these inner-city parents fighting to free their children from a failing public education system. The reader goes inside the classrooms and courtrooms, down the hallways of bureaucracies, and right into the middle of political and personal power struggles. Break These Chainsis the story of individuals who, despite relentless opposition from teachers' unions, school boards, and local politicians, demanded the right to send their children to good schools and won. In detailed, heart-wrenching accounts, McGroarty illustrates what can happen when low-income parents fight institutionalized poverty. This book shows how school choice can work effectively, offering parents an alternative to the public schools assigned to them and hope for those trapped in a stagnant system.Break These Chainsdemonstrates how school choice is a revolution for education in America.
Publisher: Rocklin, CA : Forum, c1996.
Characteristics: xxi, 258 p. ;,24 cm.