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ERIC Number: ED314525
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Pages: 42
Abstractor: N/A
Choice and Desegregation.
Bennett, David A.
This document comprises a report on the architectural elements of choice in the desegregation process, a review of the choice process based on Minnesota's experience, and a statement of implications for state policymakers. The following organizational principles of the choice process are discussed: (1) enrollment based on a "first come, first served" versus a "deadline" approach; (2) enrollment based on targeted attendance areas versus city-wide enrollment; (3) enrollment based on entrance grade versus all-grade enrollment; (4) student transportation; (5) single enrollment choice versus multiple enrollment choices; (6) sequence of choice opportunities; (7) enrollment priority systems; and (8) enrollment capping. Major reasons why contemporary school desegregation planning uses the choice process and magnet schools are described as: (1) effectiveness; (2) stability; (3) educational improvement; and (4) choice. Criticisms of the choice process and magnet schools are listed: (1) elitism; (2) skimming; and (3) disproportionate burden of responsibility. The following issues needing policy attention are discussed: (1) dissemination of information about the program; (2) ability of an individual school district to prevent students from transferring into the district; (3) lack of transportation; (4) economic disincentives; (5) restriction on intra-district transfers; (6) racial balance outcomes; (7) effect on interscholastic athletics; (8) school district reorganization; (9) precursor of a voucher system; and (10) inclusion of private schools. Lists of 25 footnotes and 22 references are appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota