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ERIC Number: ED571630
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Regional Educational Equity Policies: Learning from Inter-District Integration Programs. Research Brief No. 9
Finnigan, Kara S.; Holme, Jennifer Jellison
National Coalition on School Diversity
Across the U.S., urban school districts are in a deepening state of crisis. Problems of academic failure, financial debt, and enrollment loss have been reported in many of the nation's largest cities. In local and national policy debates, there are two distinct explanations about the reasons for these crises. One explanation for school failure presents a lack of fiscal and academic accountability. Another, different explanation for school failure comes from outside the mainstream education policy discourse, that is urban districts facing decades of discriminatory policy decisions that created deep inequities between urban school districts and their surrounding suburbs. Policy solutions emerging from this diagnosis focus on addressing the inequality and inefficiency created by multiple jurisdictions within metropolitan areas with policies that aim to connect cities and suburbs. These policies are commonly referred to as inter-district school integration policies. They are premised upon the idea that segregation and racial isolation between school districts are a fundamental cause of educational inequality. They seek to address this root cause of failure by allowing students to move across the boundaries of districts both to create more integrated learning environments and to provide students the opportunity to access greater resources, academic and social opportunities, and networks. Research has found these programs yield significant academic and social benefits for participants. This brief takes the opportunity to describe some inter-district integration program and the research on outcomes.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Coalition on School Diversity