ERIC Number: ED389814
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Achieving Racial Balance: Case Studies of Contemporary School Desegregation. Contributions to the Study of Education, Number 65.
Stave, Sondra Astor
This study describes and analyzes how five communities in the northeastern United States have addressed the subject of school desegregation. Dayton (Ohio), Hartford (Connecticut), Rochester (New York), Trenton (New Jersey), and Wilmington (Delaware) share the experience of having increasingly large, poor, minority populations surrounded by mostly white, generally affluent suburbs. Since the 1960s, each of these mid-sized urban communities has been engaged in school desegregation. Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 contain case studies for each of the communities. For each city, the investigation of legal issues related to segregation includes a review of court cases and decisions. Chapter 7 discusses the most important factors in the desegregation efforts of these cities, with a lesson drawn from each. The importance of leadership, civic pride, community involvement, educational components that encourage involvement, a close working relationship between the city and the schools, and the creation of districts too large to allow easy "white flight" are demonstrated. Three appendixes present interview questions and a list of those interviewed. A bibliographic essay discusses sources. (Contains 6 maps, 6 tables, and 179 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Black Students, Case Studies, Community Involvement, Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Government School Relationship, Leadership, Migration, Minority Groups, Poverty, Program Implementation, Racial Balance, Racial Segregation, School Desegregation, School Districts, Suburbs, Urban Areas, Urban Schools, White Students
Greenwood Press, Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc., 88 Post Road West, P.O. Box 5007, Westport, CT 06881-5007 ($49.95).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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