ERIC Number: ED156764
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug-20
Reference Count: 0
Residential and School Segregation: Some Tests of Their Association. Discussion Papers No. 479-78.
Wilson, Franklin D.; Taeuber, Karl E.
The widely held proposition that the racial composition of schools is a reflection of the racial composition of residential neighborhoods has been taken for granted. This paper tests the link made between these two by using a data set for selected school districts in California that links pupil enrollment data for public elementary schools to 1970 census data for the population resident in school attendance zones. The first analysis demonstrates a strong but imperfect association between residential segregation and school segregation among school districts that have not implemented extensive desegregation programs. The second analysis explores the complex question of the degree to which the level of ethnic residential segregation among school attendance zones reflects differentials in socioeconomic measures. The third analysis identifies a pattern of Anglo avoidance of minority school children through both outmigration and use of private schooling. The results call for a broader conceptual and empirical analysis of urban demographic change and its relation to schooling. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty.
Identifiers: California; White Flight