Restoring Opportunity

Restoring Opportunity The Crisis of Inequality and the Challenge for American Education

Greg J. Duncan and Richard J. Murnane
cloth, 200 Pages
Pub. Date: January 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-635-7
Price: $60.00

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Pub. Date: January 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-636-4
paper, 200 Pages
Pub. Date: January 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-634-0
Price: $29.00

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Co-published with the Russell Sage Foundation

2014 Outstanding Academic Title, Choice

In this landmark volume, Greg J. Duncan and Richard J. Murnane lay out a meticulously researched case showing how—in a time of spiraling inequality—strategically targeted interventions and supports can help schools significantly improve the life chances of low-income children.


Duncan and Murnane provide a no-nonsense view of the growing educational gap between the haves and the have-nots in America. They also scour the landscape to find promising solutions that provide hope for better outcomes in the future. This is a thoughtful book that should be read with the care it merits. — Joel Klein, CEO of Amplify, and former chancellor, New York City Department of Education

This thorough examination of our public school system provides a clear picture of some of the toughest challenges—particularly those facing low-income students—and the directions in which we need to go to fix them. This book should be on the desk of every educator and policy maker in America so we can begin to change the odds for all of America’s children. — Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO, Harlem Children’s Zone

Anyone who cares about improving schools should read this book. Duncan and Murnane offer detailed case studies of effective programs to improve schools that can boost the life chances of disadvantaged children. The authors present a careful analysis, grounded in economics and education, of the ways to make better schooling available to all of the nation’s low-income children. — David K. Cohen, John Dewey Collegiate Professor of Education and professor of public policy, University of Michigan

Restoring Opportunities: The Crisis of Inequality and the Challenge for American Education ought to be required reading for the White House and leaders of the "My Brother's Keepers" project. — Eric Cooper, Huffington Post

This is a must read for anyone desiring an understanding of the inequality that exists in the educational system as well a sensible, well-researched argument about how to improve. — H.J. Bultinck, CHOICE

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About the Authors

Greg J. Duncan is a distinguished professor in the Department of Education at the University of California, Irvine.

Richard J. Murnane is the Juliana W. and William Foss Thompson Professor of Education and Society at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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