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ERIC Number: ED558742
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Pages: 94
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Courts, the Legislature, and Delaware's Resegregation: A Report on School Segregation in Delaware, 1989-­2010
Niemeyer, Arielle
Civil Rights Project - Proyecto Derechos Civiles
Delaware's history with school desegregation is complicated and contradictory. The state both advanced and impeded the goals of "Brown v. Board of Education." After implementing desegregation plans that were ineffective by design, Delaware was ultimately placed under the first metropolitan, multi-district desegregation court order in the US. The federal district court's decision was significant because it rendered meaningless the city/suburban boundaries which dramatically separated students by race. The mandated desegregation plan, in place for almost two decades, made Delaware one of the two most integrated states in the US. It was eventually dissolved after the participating districts were granted unitary status. This report is organized as follows: The first section provides a brief overview of the history of desegregation in Delaware, followed by a summary of social science evidence related to the harms of segregation and the benefits of well-designed diverse schools. It describes the data and methodology and then presents a state-level analysis of enrollment and segregation trends. Those same trends are explored for the Wilmington metropolitan area. Within the metropolitan area discussion, the report briefly delves into the degree and type of racial transition within the largest school districts. It closes with a discussion of the findings, along with a number of policy recommendations. Also included with the report are separate fact sheets documenting segregation trends in the Wilmington metro area. Appended to the report are: (1) State, Metropolitan, and District Tables; and (2) Data and Methodology. [This report was written with Jennifer Ayscue, John Kuscera, Gary Orfield, and Genevieve Siegel-Hawley. This is the eighth of thirteen in a series of special reports on public school segregation in Eastern states. These studies explore trends in enrollment and school segregation patterns from 1989 to 2010 at the state and regional levels, including various metro areas for each state.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of California, Los Angeles. Civil Rights Project / Proyecto Derechos Civiles
Identifiers - Location: Delaware; Oklahoma
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Brown v Board of Education; Milliken v Bradley