ERIC Number: ED211626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov-19
Reference Count: 0
School Desegregation. Statement before the Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights, House of Representatives, Department of Justice.
Reynolds, William Bradford
In this statement, the Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division under the Reagan Administration proposes a method of voluntary school desegregation as an alternative to court litigation and mandatory busing. The method represents a response to the failure of previous desegregation attempts to elicit public support and provide equal educational opportunity. Following a finding by a court of de jure racial segregation, the proposed method would: remove all state-enforced racial barriers to open access to public schools; assure that students of all ethnic origins are provided equal and comparable educational opportunities; and eliminate the remaining vestiges of the prior dual systems. Although Reynolds acknowledges that no single desegregation technique provides certain success, he identifies several potentially successful approaches. These include voluntary student transfer programs, magnet schools, enhanced curriculum requirements, faculty incentives, in-service training programs for teachers and administrators, school closings in systems with excess capacity, new construction in overcrowded systems, and modest adjustments to attendance zones. (JCD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Civil Rights Div.