ERIC Number: ED169175
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Metropolitan School Desegregation. A Report and Recommendations of the National Task Force on Desegregation Strategies.
Examined in this report are problems connected with school desegregation. Particular attention is given to the fact that, while many rural schools have been successfully desegregated in the past decade, the majority of blacks and Hispanics who live in large cities remain in racially isolated schools. Causes and feasibility of metropolitan school desegregation are discussed. Findings indicate that excessive busing and loss of local control are not necessarily indicated by desegregation plans. Benefits of desegregation are identified as socioeconomic integration, neighborhood stability, increased learning opportunities, and balanced class size. Alternatives to urban school desegregation are listed and Federal Court rulings are discussed. Implementation methods for various metropolitan desegregation plans are examined and the role of the State in implementation is discussed at length. Recommendations include: (1) creation of a metropolitan-wide school district; (2) consolidation and reorganization of school districts; (3) inter-district student transfers; and (4) shared services. Examples of several urban desegregation programs are provided. Special task force recommendations are listed and applicable laws are appended. (WI)
Descriptors: Bus Transportation, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Magnet Schools, Minority Group Children, Public Education, Racially Balanced Schools, Reports, School Desegregation, State Action, Supreme Court Litigation, Urban Schools, Urban to Suburban Migration, Voluntary Desegregation
National Project and Task Force on Desegregation Strategies, Education Commission of the States, 1860 Lincoln Street, Suite 300, Denver, Colorado 80295 (Free)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.