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May 28

Breaking Free

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The Heritage Foundation's Van Andel Center

Sol Stern's Breaking Free explores the growing demand for school choice among poor families in the inner city. Stern describes the dramatic successes and occasional failures of this "new civil rights movement" in three key cities: Milwaukee, Cleveland, and New York.

Filled with timely insights and human drama, Breaking Free vividly describes how cash-starved Catholic schools in the South Bronx are performing small educational miracles every day with children the public schools have given up on. In Milwaukee and Cleveland, Stern finds that the voucher program has rescued large numbers of poor minority children from violent, chaotic and failing public schools and allowed them to attend parochial and private schools where high expectations often result in high achievement.
Drawing on personal observation and intimate conversations with parents, students and educators, Breaking Free is the first book to transform school choice from an abstract policy issue into a question of basic personal freedom, and indeed, for minority children at the bottom of the social ladder, into a question of survival. Equal access to the American Dream through quality education is, Sol Stern convinces us, the unfinished business before us.

"Parental choice in education is the leading civil rights issue of our day, and Sol Stern's observations-drawn from across decades of experiences as public school student in World War II New York, sixties radical, writer, and father-explain why so many of us view school choice as a moral imperative."
William J. Bennett - Former U.S. Secretary of Education

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Sol Stern

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