Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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pp. vii-ix

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Preface

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p. xi

THIS BOOK compares the desegregation effectiveness of voluntary plans with magnet schools to mandatory reassignment plans with magnet schools. In doing this it addresses a number of issues in the field of school desegregation and public...

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1. The Past and the Future of School Desegregation Remedies

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pp. 1-28

FROM THE perspective of black Americans, the 1980s must appear to be a time of retrenchment and lack of momentum- even ofloss of some hard-won gains of the 1960s. The civil rights conviction of the 1960s that "we shall overcome" has become...

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2. Defining School Desegregation and Its Goal

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pp. 29-40

THE COURTS have proceeded incrementally in defining school desegregation. In 1954 school desegregation was simply the elimination of discrimination. Indeed, 15 years elapsed before there was any change in that legal concept. By contrast, as early as 1964 the Office for Civil Rights...

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3. A Comparison of Voluntary and Mandatory Desegregation Plans

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pp. 41-110

THIS CHAPTER describes the magnet school plans of 20 school districts and compares the desegregation effectiveness of the two types of magnet plans, voluntary and mandatory. The sample was selected from a larger 119-school-district sample in...

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4. What Is Attractive About Magnet Schools?

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pp. 111-146

AN IMPORTANT assumption of the public choice model of school desegregation policy is that citizens are capable of making programmatic choices among schools. If money is poured into magnet schools that are also given special themes or curricula, parents will compare the resources of that school with those ...

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5. What Have School Desegregation Plans Accomplished?

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pp. 147-182

ONE OF THE MORE important issues concerning desegregation remedies has been their "reasonableness." The public perception of the behavior of the Warren Court and the federal courts in the early 1970s on school desegregation issues has been that they were "out of control," imposing extreme and radical...

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6. Conclusions and Recommendations

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pp. 183-216

THE ISSUE of which model of policymaking-the "command and control" model or the "public choice" model-is more relevant to school desegregation is part of an ongoing philosophical debate among intellectuals. The debate focuses on the nature and causes of the reaction of white Americans to the mandatory...

Notes

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pp. 217-228

References

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pp. 229-242

Index

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pp. 243-258

Index of Court Cases

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pp. 259-260