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ERIC Number: ED471935
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Pages: 97
Abstractor: N/A
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Education's "Perfect Storm?" Racial Resegregation, "High Stakes" Testing, & School Inequities: The Case of North Carolina.
Boger, John Charles
This paper examines student resegregation by race and socioeconomic class, high stakes accountability measures aimed at affecting educators' decisions on student promotion and graduation, and continuing disparities in school resources and finance, all of which intensified in 2002, particularly in North Carolina and the U.S. south. The paper asserts that without careful planning, their simultaneous convergence threatens to derail public education. It discusses the new constraint on race-conscious student assignments suggesting that, absent some contrary Supreme Court decision or extraordinary efforts by southern school boards to circumvent its impact, this ban will recreate levels of racial and socioeconomic isolation not experienced since the 1960s. Section 1, "School Racial Composition: The Legal and Demographic Realities in North Carolina," discusses the Supreme Court's changing rulings, the ban on race-conscious student assignments, the demographic future of North Carolina's public schools without race-conscious assignments, and the adverse educational impact of racial resegregation. Section 2, "School Accountability: Unintended Consequences?" discusses the development of the accountability approach, North Carolina's commitment to accountability, and the likely impact of high stakes testing in resegregating schools. Section 3 examines "School Finance/Resource Inequities: While Major Reforms are Educationally Necessary, Will They Prove Sufficient, and Can Political Will be Sustained?" (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina