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ERIC Number: ED568831
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Pages: 272
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-6125-0757-6
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: School Desegregation and Resegregation in Charlotte
Mickelson, Roslyn Arlin, Ed.; Smith, Stephen Samuel, Ed.; Nelson, Amy Hawn, Ed.
Harvard Education Press
"Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" provides a compelling analysis of the forces and choices that have shaped the trend toward the resegregation of public schools. By assembling a wide range of contributors--historians, sociologists, economists, and education scholars--the editors provide a comprehensive view of a community's experience with desegregation and economic development. Here we see resegregation through the lens of Charlotte, North Carolina, once a national model of successful desegregation, and home of the landmark Swann desegregation case, which gave rise to school busing. This book recounts the last forty years of Charlotte's desegregation and resegregation, putting education reform in political and economic context. Within a decade of the Swann case, the district had developed one of the nation's most successful desegregation plans, measured by racial balance and improved academic outcomes for both black and white students. However, beginning in the 1990s, this plan was gradually dismantled. Today, the level of resegregation in Charlotte has almost returned to what it was prior to 1971. At the core of Charlotte's story is the relationship between social structure and human agency, with an emphasis on how yesterday's decisions and actions define today's choices. Contents include: (1) Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Structure and Agency in the Resegregation of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (Roslyn Arlin Mickelson, Stephen Samuel Smith, and Amy Hawn Nelson); (2) The Price of Success: The Political Economy of Education, Desegregation, and Development in Charlotte (Stephen Samuel Smith); (3) A Spirit of Togetherness: Desegregation and Community at West Charlotte High School (Pamela Grundy); (4) "Academic Genocide" on the West Side: West Charlotte High School in the Post-Swann Era (Roslyn Arlin Mickelson, Stephen Samuel Smith, Stephanie Southworth, and S. Lorén Trull); (5) Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Context: Racial and Economic Imbalance at the District and State Level, 1994-2012 (Charles T. Clotfelter, Helen F. Ladd, and Jacob L. Vigdor); (6) A Study in Contrasts: Race, Politics, and School Assignment Policies in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Wake County, North Carolina (Toby L. Parcel, Joshua A. Hendrix, and Andrew J. Taylor); (7) Residential Choice as School Choice: The Impact of Unitary Status in Charlotte-Mecklenburg (David Liebowitz and Lindsay C. Page); (8) From Black and White to Technicolor: Demographic Change in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (Michelle Plaisance, Elizabeth Morrell, and Paul McDaniel); (9) A Long Path to Success: Integration and Community Engagement at Shamrock Gardens Elementary School (Amy Hawn Nelson); (10) The Law's Delay: Pursuing School Diversity and Equity in "Leandro's" Shadow (Mark Dorosin and Luke Largess); and (11) Obligation and Opportunity: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Face the Future (Stephen Samuel Smith, Roslyn Arlin Mickelson, and Amy Hawn Nelson). Appended are: (1) Terminology; and (2) List of Supplementary Materials. An index is included.
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harvard University, Graduate School of Education
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina (Charlotte)