Unequal Schools, Unequal Chances is a major contribution to the debate on educational policy in the Americas. Fernando Reimers’s goals are to provide evidence on educational conditions, factors that determine them, and policies designed to improve the condition of education for the poor. He does this admirably, having brought together experts in the field who provide 16 well-researched and clearly written essays that use both descriptive and ordinary least squares econometric techniques. Although each essay has a specific scope, and cannot hold constant for many other educational factors—as does J. Douglas Willms’s and Marie-Andrée Somers’s, Schooling Outcomes in Latin America: A Report for UNESCO (2000), using hierarchic linear modeling techniques—the cumulative evidence on smaller-scale topics complements and confirms many of the results of the Willms-Somers study, providing additional country level information that is useful for both the general public and specialists.

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