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ERIC Number: EJ1185375
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Aug
Pages: 42
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
The Disintegration of Memphis-Shelby County, Tennessee: School District Secession and Local Control in the 21st Century
Siegel-Hawley, Genevieve; Diem, Sarah; Frankenberg, Erica
American Educational Research Journal, v55 n4 p651-692 Aug 2018
In this qualitative case study, we explore the political impulses behind suburban secession from the 2013 Memphis-Shelby County merger, the largest school district consolidation in recent history. Decades removed from the Civil Rights Movement, during a period of stark inequality, colorblind law and policymaking, and a diminished understanding of education as a societal benefit, the central suburban rationale for secession, local control, carries new weight. It gives already privileged communities a race-neutral, legally sanctioned, and politically persuasive way to discuss resource accumulation that maps onto existing racial and economic segregation. Memphis-area lessons offer insight into an increasing number of secession struggles and enrich our understanding of how educational advantage is consolidated in the 21st-century metropolis.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee (Memphis)
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