ERIC Number: EJ769334
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Separate Our Students by Race and Income to Meet NCLB?
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v72 n1 p12-20 Sep 2006
Suburban parents vie for slots at Washington Gifted and Talented Magnet Elementary School on the edge of downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. It doesn't seem to matter that it sits on a hill overlooking the largest public housing project in Raleigh, or it draws 30% of its students from the surrounding low-income area. This school and others in Wake County, North Carolina are part of a growing trend toward socioeconomic integration, which avoids the legal pitfalls of racial integration while retaining the academic advantages of having rich and poor students attend school together. This idea is anathema to those who believe that predominantly low-income schools can succeed without socioeconomic integration, and to those who favor strategies like vouchers, school privatization, and unlimited school choice--and even some supporters consider it unlikely to succeed in the current political climate. The tactics used by Wake County and several other school districts to achieve socioeconomic integration, as well as the difficulties they face in doing so, are discussed.
Descriptors: Income, School Desegregation, Social Indicators, Socioeconomic Status, Integration Studies, Social Integration, Desegregation Effects, Integration Readiness, Policy Analysis, County School Districts, Change Strategies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina