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ERIC Number: ED141439
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Apr-8
Pages: 21
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Level and Rate of Desegregation and White Enrollment Decline in a Big City School District.
Levine, Daniel U.; Meyer, Jeanie Keeny
The literature of white enrollment decline in desegregated schools is described in this report. The controversy over whether or not desegregation accelerates the enrollment decline of whites from central city public school districts is discussed in terms of school integration, black enrollment patterns and trends, resegregation of predominantly black public schools, and white flight to the suburbs. A study on enrollment trends from 1956 to 1974 in the Kansas City, Missouri public school district is reported. This large midwestern district, surrounded by predominantly white smaller districts, has been undergoing a decline in the proportion of white student enrollment. Enrollment data for the district were examined to determine whether the level and rate of desegregation have been associated with declines in white enrollment. The sample for this study consisted of all the 75 schools which served as elementary schools during all or most of the period between 1956 and 1975. The findings of this study indicated that white enrollment decline has tended to accelerate in schools with more than 30 percent black students and/or a rapid increase in the percentage of black students. The report recommended that policymakers be cautious in determining the level and rate of desegregation in large city school distrcits. (Author/JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri (Kansas City)