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A CONTEST WITHOUT WINNERS event at Penn Book Center with Kate Phillippo

When Oct 21, 2019
from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Penn Book Center, 130 S 34th St., Philadelphia, PA 19104
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A Contest without Winners (Kate Phillippo)Kate Phillips will be at the Penn Book Center on Monday, October 21 at 6:00 p.m. for a discussion and signing of her new book, A Contest without Winners: How Students Experience Competitive School Choice.


Kate Phillippo follows a diverse group of Chicago students through the processes of researching, applying to, and enrolling in public high school, finding that the students are powerful policy actors who carry out and redefine competitive choice. Phillippo challenges meritocratic and market-driven notions of opportunity creation for young people and raises critical questions about the goals we have for public schooling.


"Finally, a smart, thorough, in-depth examination of the impact of high-stakes competitive high school admissions processes on the young people who engage it. A Contest without Winners holds a mirror up to the district, showing what the costs are for policy decisions to heavily invest in a few elite schools rather than ensuring that all students in the district have access to high-quality schooling." —Amanda E. Lewis, coauthor of Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools


"A Contest without Winners shows readers the faces and voices of the eighth graders embroiled in Chicago’s competitive choice system. Kate Phillippo describes how the students navigate the demands placed on them, how the system changes their views of fairness and of themselves, and how school choice policy legitimizes the very inequalities that rig the competition." —Kevin G. Welner, director, National Education Policy Center

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