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Leading scholars in the fields of history and law have assembled an enormous amount of empirical data on the outcomes of school desegregation and conclude that the policies of the pastmandatory reassignment and strict racial quotashad too few benefits and too many costs to make them viable alternatives for the future. Chapter topics include the history of school desegregation, the development of the law, the desegregation effectiveness of remedies, ability grouping and classroom desegregation, racial disparities in school discipline, intergroup relations, the attitudes and opinions of adults in desegregated school districts, and the outlook for the future.
The authors conclude that one of the biggest successes of school desegregation is that there is almost universal acceptance of the principle that racial discrimination is immoral. But school desegregation has had some important failures as well, most importantly, the failure to improve the academic achievement of black students and race relations between black and white students in desegregated schools. There have also been some serious costswhite flight and protest votingassociated with forced busing and the use of strict racial quotas. The concluding chapter argues that the solution to racial disparities in achievement, and to racial separation, lies in compensatory education for low achieving, poor children and school choice programs that do not use racial criteria but provide financial assistance to low-income families.
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About the Author
CHRISTINE H. ROSSELL is Professor, Political Science Deptartment, Boston University.
DAVID J. ARMOR is Professor, School of Public Policy, George Mason University.
HERBERT J. WALBERG is University Scholar and Emeritus Research Professor of Education and Psychology, University of Illinois, Chicago.
Table of Contents
|1.||Introduction: Assessing the Promise of Brown||1|
|2.||History of School Desegregation||17|
|3.||Legal Issues Related to School Funding/Desegregation||41|
|4.||The Effectiveness of Desegregation Plans||67|
|5.||School Desegregation and Demographic Change||119|
|6.||Desegregation and Academic Achievement||147|
|7.||Ability Grouping and Classroom Desegregation||189|
|8.||Racial Disparities in School Discipline||235|
|9.||Improving Intergroup Relations in the Schools||267|
|10.||Attitudes on Race and Desegregation||291|
|11.||The Outlook for School Desegregation||323|
|Index of Court Cases||345|
|About the Contributors||349|