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Closing the Opportunity Gap: What America Must Do to Give Every Child an Even Chance                     
Edited by Prudence L. Carter and Kevin G. Welner, published by Oxford University Press, 2013

The book we recommend this month is a compendium of 21 essays by top experts who paint a compelling picture of educational inequality in the United States as a root cause of diminished lifelong opportunities for employment and income, while examining the high social cost of having an undereducated workforce.  The authors also describe research-based policy approaches that may prevent low-income students in this country from falling further behind their affluent peers and students in other Western democracies.