ERIC Number: ED148932
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
City and Suburbs: Perspectives on Interdistrict Desegregation Efforts.
Epps, Edgar G.
The major obstacles to metropolitan school desegregation appear to be political rather than economic or educational. There are readily apparent economic and educational advantages to be obtained through interdistrict cooperation. In addition to increasing racial and ethnic contact and reducing minority isolation, other advantages involve educational programs and facilities. However, the opportunity to develop programs that capitalize on the advantages will not be realized as long as suburban communities perceive their problems to be divorced from those of the central cities. Crucial legal issues involved in desegregation cases that have metropolitan implications are: state responsibility for public education; the containment of black people in the central city by policies of housing discrimination; and the lack of justification for maintaining separate districts in a single metropolitan community where such districting has resulted in segregated schools. In this climate, it is only through court ordered metropolitan desegregation plans, or state or federally funded proposals to provide financial incentives for voluntary efforts, that cities and suburbs can be brought together for joint consideration of the problems that affect the whole metropolitan area. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
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