ERIC Number: ED383785
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Good Intentions Are Not Enough. The Peril Posed by Minnesota's New Desegregation Plan.
Kersten, Katherine A.
The State Board of Education of Minnesota is preparing to adopt a metro-wide desegregation plan of a scope unique in the United States. The plan will require every school district in the seven-county metro area to desegregate the schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and it may require every school district in the state to reduce or close the racial learning gap for academic performance, dropout rates, rates of suspension and expulsion, and rates of participation in remedial and honors classes. Despite the good intentions that proposed these changes, these rules are likely to be disastrous for Minnesota. They will be very expensive, will vastly expand state control over local schools, and may make numbers juggling a top priority. By injecting racial factors into nearly every aspect of school life, they may sow discord instead of promoting harmony. There is no clear public policy route for improving the educational performance of poor minority children, as family socioeconomic status remains more influential than school strategies. Effective ways to help these children must be found. Answers may lie in better neighborhood schools, small scale studies of educational innovation, and the implementation of high standards and expectations. (SLD)
Descriptors: Costs, Desegregation Methods, Desegregation Plans, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Policy, Racial Composition, Racial Differences, School Desegregation, School Districts, State School District Relationship, Urban Education, Urban Schools, Voluntary Desegregation
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center of the American Experiment, Minnapolis, MN.