Some suburban districts hire detectives and even take families to court, to keep out students, often low income and students of color, from nearby urban districts. I think this is awful. I found many status quo defenders (and I don't see you as one of them) who believe this is perfectly ok.
Deborah Meier and Joe Nathan discuss how schools can teach students about democracy.
Encouragement,inspiration,passion, perspective,challenge and controversy. That's what I think the four books offer that are suggested below.
Deborah Meier offers some ideas for educators and policymakers looking for books to inspire and inform this summer.
Deborah Meier and Joe Nathan respond to readers comments on the importance of advocating for arts in education, adding their own questions about why the arts aren't seen as a greater priority in schools.