ERIC Number: ED081877
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
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Deadlock in School Desegregation: A Case Study of Inglewood, California. Praeger Special Studies in U. S. Economic, Social, and Political Issues Series.
Bonacich, Edna; Goodman, Robert F.
The issue of de facto school segregation in the North has now reached a position on America's social agenda equal in importance to the de jure segregation of Southern schools. This study investigates a small western city with de facto segregated schools that experienced a desegregation controversy. Inglewood, California, is a city of roughly 97,000 population located adjacent to Los Angeles. The study focuses upon events that occurred in the community between 1965 and 1969. During that period a substantial number of black students came into the school district but were concentrated in about one-third of the schools. The district encompasses only a nine-square-mile area and is fiscally sound. Technical impediments to desegregation are not insurmountable. In addition to advantages of scale Inglewood is characterized by another factor that should make school desegregation feasible: the black population of the city is overwhelmingly middle class. Yet during the period of the study the school board of the Inglewood Unified School District was not able to solve the problem. Indeed, severe conflict raged in the community over the schools until responsibility for a solution was finally given over to the courts by the school board. This book examines the reasons for this failure and suggests some alternatives that might have been chosen. It is hoped that similar suburban communities may benefit from the experience of Inglewood. In the process the authors hope to contribute to a deeper understanding of the problems surrounding race relations in American metropolitan areas. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Black Students, De Facto Segregation, Demography, Desegregation Litigation, Desegregation Methods, Desegregation Plans, Integration Readiness, Integration Studies, Middle Class, Political Issues, Racial Relations, School Desegregation, School Districts, Suburban Schools
Praeger Publishers, 111 Fourth Avenue, New York, N. Y. 10003 ($12.50)
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Authoring Institution: System Development Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California