After decades of reform, America's public schools continue to fail particular groups of students; the greatest opportunity gaps are faced by those whose achievement is hindered by complex stressors, including disability, trauma, poverty, and institutionalized racism. When students' needsoverwhelm the neighborhood schools assigned to serve them, they are relegated to increasingly isolated educational environments. These placements negatively impact students by reinforcing patterns of institutionalization and persistent exclusion.Unconditional Education (UE) offers an alternate approach that transforms schools into communities where all students can thrive. Within UE schools, student supports are deployed when and where they are needed. Realignment of the resources associated with serving high-needs youth allows students toremain in their natural communities while schools gain access to the academic, behavioral, and clinical expertise required to support them. Furthermore, UE reduces the need for more intensive and costly future remediation by pairing a holistic, multi-tiered system of supports with an intentionalfocus on overall culture and climate, and promotes systematic coordination and integration of funding and services by identifying gaps and eliminating redundancies to increase the efficient allocation of available resources. This book is an essential resource for mental health and educationalstakeholders (i.e., school social workers, therapists, teachers, school administrators, and district-level leaders) who are interested in adopting an unconditional approach to supporting the students within their schools.
The Economics of Education: A Comprehensive Overview, Second Edition, offers a comprehensive and current overview of the field of that is broadly accessible economists, researchers and students. This new edition revises the original 50 authoritative articles and adds Developed (US and European) and Developing Country perspectives, reflecting the differences in institutional structures that help to shape teacher labor markets and the effect of competition on student outcomes. Provides international perspectives that describe the origins of key subjects, their major issues and proponents, their landmark studies, and opportunities for future research Increases developing county perspectives and comparisons of cross-country institutions Requires no prior knowledge of the economics of education