Boom for Whom?
Education, Desegregation, and Development in Charlotte
Publication Year: 2004
Published by: State University of New York Press
Title Page, Copyright
List of Maps, Tables, and Figures
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Preface and Acknowledgments
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As I complete this book in June 2003, preparations are well under way to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Supreme Courtâs landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education. A month ago, the attorney general and secretary of education announced the creation of a high-profile commission to...
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Chapter 1 Introduction
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It seemed a telling moment in Charlotte history, and in many ways it was. There was President Reagan on a 1984 campaign stop denouncing busing because âit takes innocent children out of the neighborhood school and makes them pawns in a social experiment that nobody wants. And...
Chapter 2 Background Regime Politics and the Purest Strain of the Southern Booster Gene
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Education in Charlotte has been shaped by the areaâs demographics, political structure, and growth; the economic situation of African Americans; and the overall characteristics of local politics. The relations among education and these other aspects of the Charlotte situation are complex ones with causal...
Chapter 3 Swannâs Way and the Heyday of Charlotteâs Busing Plan
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Most aspects of CMSâ recent history begin with two events in the 1950s, one national in scope, the other primarily of local interest. The first was the Supreme Courtâs 1954 decision in Brown; the second was local votersâ approval of a 1959 referendum that led to a merger of the city of Charlotteâs school...
Chapter 4 Swan Song for the Busing Plan?
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As the 1980s progressed, Charlotteâs nationally praised busing plan came under increasing local criticism, as did many other aspects of CMSâ operations. Much of this criticism was rooted in developments that began in the Robinson era. This chapter begins by discussing these seeds of change, then...
Chapter 5 Political Fluidity and the Alchemy of School Reform
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With the start of the 1990s, CMS again attracted the attention of educators nationally, just as it had twenty years ago. But this time it was not for mandatory busing but for a high-profile program of school reform, one aspect of which was the dismantling of most of the mandatory busing plan and its...
Chapter 6 Desegregation Buried in Potterâs Field? The Reactivation of the Swann Case
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With John Murphyâs resignation, CMS quickly ceased being a nationally touted exemplar of the conventional wisdom about school reform as well as of how many aspects of this wisdom and its buckshot implementation could be counterproductive. However, within a few years, CMS was again attracting...
Chapter 7The Charlotte-MecklenburgCompromise?
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Given Potterâs conservative background and anti-busing activities thirty years earlier, his decision in the reactivated Swann case was not unexpected. Nonetheless, the ruling plunged CMS into political turbulence, just as...
Chapter 8 School Desegregation and the Uphill Flow of Civic Capacity
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The themes that emerge from the previous chapters can be grouped under two main headings: school desegregation and civic capacity. Since desegregation catapulted CMS onto the national stage, it is appropriate to begin there. In discussing the consequences of desegregation, I distinguish...
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Page Count: 346
Illustrations: 2 maps, 9 tables, 7 figures
Publication Year: 2004