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ERIC Number: EJ1155379
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
Commentary: Dilemmas of Desegregation
Powers, Jeanne M.
American Educational Research Journal, v54 n1 suppl p251S-254S Apr 2017
This article is a commentary on Erica Frankenberg's article, "Assessing Segregation under a New Generation of Controlled Choice Policies." Both school segregation and organized efforts to end segregation have a long and deep history in the United States. The Supreme Court's decision in "Brown v. Board of Education" (1954) has been lauded for decisively declaring that segregation was unconstitutional, and as such, it reflects the promise of American democratic principles. Yet 62 years after the Supreme Court's decision, a 2016 United States General Accounting Office (GAO) report highlights how school segregation remains woven into the fabric of American public education. The Jefferson County Public Schools' (JCPS) student assignment program that is the focus of Frankenberg's article might be understood as part of the legacy of the Supreme Court's second, less celebrated "Brown" decision (1955). As Frankenberg highlights, the lesson from JCPS is that a controlled choice plan with a generalized use of race can help a district maintain its commitment to desegregation. More importantly, it may also point the way for other districts interested in fostering diversity within their schools as the demographic shift underway in U.S. public schools continues to unfold. [For Erica Frankenberg's article, "Assessing Segregation under a New Generation of Controlled Choice Policies," see EJ1155306.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Brown v Board of Education
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