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ERIC Number: EJ866395
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0161-956X
Beyond the Tipping Point: Issues of Racial Diversity in Magnet Schools Following Unitary Status
Smrekar, Claire
Peabody Journal of Education, v84 n2 p209-226 2009
This article uses qualitative case study methodology to examine why the racial composition of magnet schools in Nashville, Tennessee, has shifted to predominantly African American in the aftermath of unitary status. The article compares the policy contexts and parents' reasons for choosing magnet schools at two points in time--under court order and under unitary status. Social networks, choice sets, and "closer to home" student assignment policies are identified as key influences on the changing demographics of magnet schools in a postunitary status environment. (Contains 2 tables, 2 figures and 6 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A