ERIC Number: ED169171
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
State Leadership in School Desegregation.
Anrig, Gregory R.
Regardless of the lack of racial justice in housing and employment, American democracy cannot tolerate discrimination in its public schools if it is to honor its traditions as a country. State bodies must make clear their position on school desegregation and establish that desegregation is wrong legally and educationally. Sanction must be imposed upon those who attempt to avoid desegregation after due process establishes a violation. There must be technical assistance to design and analyze desegregation plans. Financial incentives must be provided in the form of special State aid for desegregation plans. There is a need to promote the educational value of giving urban children and children in suburban school districts mutual opportunities to know and learn with children of another race or background. State assistance with problems of racial or ethnic imbalance in public schools must be provided and quality integrated education must be provided once desegregation is accomplished. The State of Massachusetts has achieved results in spite of some public anti-desegregation protests, because leaders at the State level were willing to stand up to their constitutional obligations. (Author/WI)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Civil Rights, Educational Finance, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Magnet Schools, School Desegregation, State Action, State Standards
Not available separately; See UD 019 265
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Note: For related documents, see UD 019 265-269