A New Kind of Integrated Education

Authored by: Paul Green

Handbook of Education Politics and Policy

Print publication date:  November  2014
Online publication date:  November  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415660426
eBook ISBN: 9780203074107
Adobe ISBN: 9781135106775

10.4324/9780203074107.ch17

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Abstract

In June 2007 a conservative majority of the Supreme Court declared in a 5 to 4 decision that school district policies intended to integrate school districts are unconstitutional. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in his opinion that the Seattle, Washington and Louisville, Kentucky school districts could no longer assign students to schools based on their race. The Court’s decision in Meredith v. Jefferson County School Board (2007), and its companion case, Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1 (2007), forced the school districts to rethink student assignment policies and confront challenging questions to genuine school integration. Is school integration simply to mix students of different colors to ensure equity or to promote familiarity among the races? Does integration produce concrete gains like greater academic achievement for all students? If so, is student assignment by race the most effective mechanism for attaining it?

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