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              Books by Deborah Yaffe

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              Other People's Children: The Battle for Justice and Equality in New Jersey's Schools

              Other People's Children: The Battle for Justice and Equality in New Jersey's Schools (Hardback)

              By Yaffe, Deborah

              In 1981, when Raymond Abbott was a sixth-grader in Camden, New Jersey, poor city school districts like his spent 25 percent less per student than the state's wealthy suburbs did. This book tells the story of this decades-long school funding battle, interweaves the public story - ...an account of legal and political wrangling over laws and money.
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              ISBN 9780813542058
              Released AU 30 Jan 2008
              Publisher Inbooks
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              Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom

              Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Yaffe, Deborah

              With warmth and humor, lifelong Janeite Deborah Yaffe opens the door on the quirky, thriving subculture of Jane Austen fandom.

              ISBN 9780547757735
              Released AU 13 Oct 2017
              Publisher Houghton Mifflin
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              Other People's Children: The Battle for Justice and Equality in New Jersey's Schools

              Other People's Children: The Battle for Justice and Equality in New Jersey's Schools (Other)

              By Yaffe, Deborah

              In 1981, when Raymond Abbott was a twelve-year-old sixth-grader in Camden, New Jersey, poor city school districts like his spent 25 percent less per student than the state's wealthy suburbs did. That year, Abbott became the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit demanding that ...the state provide equal funding for all schools. Over the next twenty-five years, as the non-profit law firm representing the plaintiffs won ruling after ruling from the New Jersey Supreme Court, Abbott dropped out of school, fought a cocaine addiction, and spent time in prison before turning his life around. Raymond Abbott's is just one of the many human stories that have too often been forgotten in the policy battles New Jersey has waged for two generations over equal funding for rich and poor schools. Other People's Children, the first book to tell the story of this decades-long school funding battle, interweaves the public story - an account of legal and political wrangling over laws and money - with the private stories of the inner-city children who were named plaintiffs in the state's two school funding lawsuits, Robinson v. Cahill and Abbott v. Burke. Although these cases have shaped New Jersey's fiscal and political landscape since the 1970s, most recently in legislative arguments over tax reform, the debate has often been too abstract and technical for most citizens to understand. Written in an accessible style and based on dozens of interviews with lawyers, politicians, and the plaintiffs themselves, Other People's Children crystallizes the arguments and clarifies the issues for general readers. Beyond its implications for New Jersey, this book is an important contribution to the conversations taking place in all states about the nation's responsibility for its poor, and the role of public schools in providing equal opportunities and promising upward mobility for hard-working citizens, regardless of race or class.
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              ISBN 9780813543932
              Released AU 1 Jan 2007
              Publisher Rutgers University Press
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