Rethinking School Integration

Is the era of court-ordered desegregation over?


More than four decades after the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed racial segregation in public schools, most black and Latino youngsters still attend predominantly minority schools - and the number is increasing. Federal courts are making it easier for school districts to drop mandatory desegregation plans and be released from judicial supervision. Some black leaders are questioning the value of integration and joining other critics of court-ordered busing. Civil rights advocates say that the trend toward “resegregation” will hurt minorities' opportunities in school and afterward. But critics say that desegregation produces few educational gains for minorities, causes whites to flee inner-city schools and weakens popular support for public education.

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