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ERIC Number: ED515579
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 59
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Experiencing Integration in Louisville: How Parents and Students See the Gains and Challenges
Orfield, Gary; Frankenberg, Erica
Civil Rights Project / Proyecto Derechos Civiles
As the first part of research on the student assignment plan that seeks to create and maintain diverse schools in Jefferson County, the authors surveyed samples of both parents and students across the county. These surveys were designed to learn more about their experiences with integration efforts after the implementation of Jefferson County Public Schools' (JCPS) new student assignment plan, which was redesigned after the Supreme Court's 2007 decision. Despite the difficulties encountered in designing and implementing a new plan, survey results show a deep and continuing commitment to the goal of diverse schools in Louisville among all groups of parents and students. The authors' work in Jefferson County was begun by asking the parents and students who have been living in the community and experiencing the operation of the district's revised diversity plan. Their experience is, of course, the starting point in thinking about what the plan has accomplished and identifying issues needing careful attention in their research. These surveys have given a representative sample of both groups to tell them what has happened and how they view both the goals and the current operation of the plan. This report has five sections. First, it briefly describes the national trends in surveys about school diversity and summarizes what research shows about the general impact of diverse schooling. The next two sections report on what the district's high school juniors have reported in a survey this month and what the parents told interviewers in a telephone survey conducted by a Louisville survey organization. The final section summarizes what the authors see as the most important findings from the surveys, a handful of recommendations and a description of what they see as the next phase of their work. When they accepted the invitation of the school board to do an independent assessment of the plan, it was clear that there was uncertainty about what families in the JPCS were experiencing and whether the long-term commitment of the community to integrated education was fading. They now have a much better understanding of those issues, and they believe that the citizens of the county will be very interested in what the parents and students have concluded. Appended are: (1) Methodology; (2) Survey Responses by Grade Level of Child; and (3) Survey Responses by "A" or "B" Area Households. (Contains 55 footnotes.) [This paper is a report to the Jefferson County Public Schools.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of California, Los Angeles, Civil Rights Project / Proyecto Derechos Civiles
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky