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ERIC Number: ED138689
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 25
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Boston's Experience with School Desegregation and White Flight.
Rossell, Christine H.
This paper analyzes Boston's decline in white enrollment, the effect school desegregation had on this decline and on racial balance, and whether school desegregation has led to resegregation in the school system. The data indicate that white public school enrollment began declining long before school desegregation. Boston's experience with school desegregation and white flight indicates that school desegregation was related to an increase in the pre desegregation white enrollment decline equivalent to about half the total decline in enrollment, about a two year additional loss (and perhaps less). This amounts to about 10,000 students, rather than the 20,000 figure cited by journalists. Furthermore, despite the prolonged defiance of Boston's leadership white enrollment has stabilized, as has racial balance. Moreover, the school desegregation plan did what it was supposed to do. It has dramatically desegregated the school system. There appears to be little or no resegregation. Boston is now among the more desegregated school systems in the country. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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