ERIC Number: ED127405
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr-21
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Desegregation and White Flight: A Case Study.
Wisenbaker, Joseph M.
This paper presents a series of analyses which focus on the geographical and historical context of the racial balance of the public schools of Lansing, Michigan. Based upon the results of these analyses, it is concluded that there is not conclusive evidence pointing toward an excessive alteration in the racial balance of the public schools due to the implementation of a desegregation plan. The inconclusive evidence of such a negative effect must be seen being vastly overshadowed by the ongoing exodus of white students from the central region encompassing Waverly, East Lansing, Lansing Parochial, and Lansing Public schools. The fact that Lansing shows the greatest tendency towards a reduction in the percent of white in its schools is probably due more to the differential impact of economic factors on white and minority groups than for any other reason. The implementation of the cluster desegregation program has certainly not adversely affected the situation from the standpoint of racial balance in Lansing public schools as a whole. In fact, trends from the last four years even offer some hope for a stabilization of the racial compositions of the schools in the near future. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan