This image is hidden for guests. Please login or register to see it.Make no mistake about it. Award-winning journalist Susan Eaton has a passion for equality in education.
In her book, "The Children in Room E4," Eaton follows the teachers, students and lawyers involved in Sheff v. O'Neill, a landmark case brought against the school system of Hartford, Conn. The case highlights the stark differences between education in white urban areas and education in the inner city.
Eaton follows students in Ms. Luddy's room at Simpson-Waverly Elementary School, including Jeremy, her star pupil.
Eaton also taps into the story of the cracker-jack legal team that brought the case to court, focusing on their passion for the case.
The case, decided in favor of the plaintiffs, remains at the appellate level after 18 exhaustive years.
By telling the personal stories involved in Sheff v. O'Neill, Eaton saves the book from becoming another dry treatise on the failure of public education in poor neighborhoods.
While this book could not be classified as "light reading," it is a thoughtful and thorough look into the struggles and triumphs of inner city schools, their teachers and students.