Rethinking School Integration

October 18, 1996 • Volume 6, Issue 39
Is the era of court-ordered desegregation over?
By Kenneth Jost


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.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Segregation and Desegregation
Apr. 23, 2004  School Desegregation
Oct. 18, 1996  Rethinking School Integration
Feb. 24, 1995  Housing Discrimination
Dec. 26, 1975  Busing Reappraisal
May 03, 1974  Desegregation After 20 Years
Aug. 24, 1973  Educational Equality
Sep. 06, 1972  Blacks on Campus
Mar. 01, 1972  School Busing and Politics
Aug. 16, 1967  Open Housing
Apr. 29, 1964  School Desegregation: 1954–1964
Feb. 06, 1963  Interracial Housing
Aug. 27, 1958  School Integration: Fifth Year
Jan. 15, 1958  Residential Desegregation
Oct. 16, 1957  Legal Processes in Race Relations
Oct. 17, 1956  Enforcement of School Integration
Jan. 12, 1955  School Desegregation
Sep. 03, 1954  Segregation in Churches
Oct. 08, 1952  Race Segregation
Nov. 07, 1947  Negro Segregation
Civil Rights: African Americans
Diversity Issues
Segregation and Desegregation