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ERIC Number: EJ773669
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul-13
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Desegregation's Demise
Bell, Derrick
Chronicle of Higher Education, v53 n45 pB11 Jul 2007
After generating months of anxiety among both proponents and opponents of public-school integration, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a predictably close 5-4 decision, ruled that the use of race in student-assignment policies by the Seattle and Louisville, Kentucky, school districts violated the rights of the white petitioners whose children were denied admission to the schools of their choice. The decision covered "Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1" and "Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education." In this article, the author shares his view regarding the ruling. He states that, while it is painful for many, it is time to acknowledge that racial integration as the primary vehicle for providing effective schooling for black and Latino children has run its course. He believes that where it is working, or has a real chance to work, it should continue, but for the millions of black and Latino children living in areas that are as racially isolated in fact as they once were by law, it is time to look elsewhere.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky; Washington