ERIC Number: ED215409
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
School Integration in the 1980's: Resegregation and Black English.
School integration, according to this ninth chapter in a book on school law, will take new forms for a variety of reasons. First, the U.S. Supreme Court has recently made basic changes that may have slowed down further school integration. The Court has stiffened its requirements for the right to sue, narrowed its interpretation of rules limiting the assertion of another individual's rights, and demanded that plaintiffs prove the laws they are relying on were designed to protect them. In addition, the Court has narrowed the rules for granting class action suits and in several cases has recommended no remedies for de facto segregated school districts if no intent by school officials to segregate was found. Second, black and white Americans nationwide are shifting their focus from reliance on school integration to quality of education. This shift is illustrated by a case in Michigan, "Martin Luther King Junior Elementary School Children v. Ann Arbor School District," in which the court held that one intent of the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974 was to respond to suggestions that attention should be focused on better education rather than on busing. In consequence, the court ordered the school (80 percent white) to take appropriate action to overcome barriers experienced by children speaking "black English," who were impeded from equal participation in instructional programs. (Author/WD)
Descriptors: Black Dialects, Blacks, Compliance (Legal), Court Litigation, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, School Desegregation
Not available separately; see EA 014 500.
Publication Type: Books; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, Topeka, KS.
Identifiers: Equal Educational Opportunities Act 1974; Martin Luther King Elementary v Ann Arbor; Supreme Court
Note: Chapter 9 of "School Law in Changing Times" (EA 014 500). For related documents, see EA 014 500-521.