ERIC Number: EJ718511
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Reference Count: 39
Precarious Space: Majority Black Suburbs and Their Public Schools
Ascher, Carol; Branch-Smith, Edwina
Teachers College Record, v107 n9 p1956-1973 Sep 2005
The fact that a third of all African Americans now live in suburbs might suggest how far we have come since the pre-Brown days. But most African Americans live in predominantly Black suburbs, where property values are lower than in neighboring White suburbs, and where the public schools are funded by a lower tax base. After presenting a national picture, the authors draw on the experiences of Plainfield, New Jersey, and Prince George's County, Maryland, to describe how strained resources, a history of racialized conflicts resulting in troubled governance, and a perception of students as "inner city" all contribute to low student achievement in public schools in predominantly Black suburbs.
Descriptors: Suburban Schools, Public Schools, Educational Finance, African Americans, Suburbs, Racial Bias, Racial Discrimination, Low Achievement
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Identifiers - Location: Jersey; Maryland; New Jersey