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BROWN at 67. From Chartergate to Segregate? School Resegregation in 2021.

Volume 6, Issue 1, February 2021    |    PP. 1-11    |PDF (237 K)|    Pub. Date: January 31, 2021
DOI: 10.54647/education88199    114 Downloads     1347 Views  

Steven Michael Brown, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, The University of Texas Permian Basin, USA

65 years after the implementation of the Brown v Board of Education landmark U.S. Supreme Court case decision on May 17, 1954, we once again have in the United States a large number of public schools that are racially segregated. The primary source of such resegregation is not because of judicial rulings, but is produced primarily due to demographics, based on where people live. Specifically, parents typically want their children to attend schools as close to where they reside. But, the question could also be asked, is it possible that this is occurring due to the dramatic increase of charter schools that have been created across our nation?
The question to be asked is: Is school segregation getting worse in 2021? Many people say yes, including scholars, journalists, and civil-rights advocates. For the first time in years, there’s something resembling a consensus: Racially divided schools are a major and intensifying problem for American education—maybe even a crisis. And, charter schools are viewed as substantially contributing to this major problem.

Segregation; Integreation; Brown v. Board of Education; Charter schools.

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Steven Michael Brown, BROWN at 67. From Chartergate to Segregate? School Resegregation in 2021., SCIREA Journal of Education. Vol. 6 , No. 1 , 2021 , pp. 1 - 11 . https://doi.org/10.54647/education88199


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