ERIC Number: ED245024
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: 0
White Flight from School Desegregation: Magnitude, Sources, and Policy Options. Final Report.
Rossell, Christine H.; Hawley, Willis D.
Discussed in this report are the extent and causes of white flight from school desegregation and policy options for controlling it. After an introductory section, the report considers the extent of white flight from desegregating schools, taking into account the effects of suburbanization, interregional migration, and differentials in racial/ethnic birth rates on white enrollment rates in public schools. Both the implementation-year impact and the long-range impact of desegregation on white enrollment are considered, and distinctions are made between enrollment losses due to white flight out of the desegregating school district and those due to transfers of whites from public to private schools within the district. Following this discussion, the conditions associated with white flight are listed, and a tentative explanation of why desegregation may induce different patterns of white flight in various circumstances is offered. Methods that the schools, the courts, and the government at the State and Federal levels might use to reduce white flight are considered next. A final section discusses the costs of white flight in terms of interracial contact and the socioeconomic composition of the student and community population. (CMG)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Produced by the Education Policy Development Center for Desegregation.