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A Policy Paradox: Support for Limited Government Grows as Increased Governmental Action for School Integration Needed


by Erica Frankenberg September 22, 2011

Despite the current political climate, at a time of growing diversity and deepening inequality, more governmental action, not less, is needed to comprehensively address persisting segregation in schools and in our society. Federal guidance and financial support for integration have made a difference in the past, and the government itself shoulders some of the blame for continuing patterns of segregation. Government will be crucial to helping communities thoughtfully understand what options exist today, and to helping to bridge education and other related policies such as housing to find comprehensive solutions to our persisting racial and economic inequality.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 22, 2011
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16548, Date Accessed: 8/1/2014 1:45:45 AM

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  • Erica Frankenberg
    Pennsylvania State University
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    ERICA FRANKENBERG is an assistant professor in the Department of Education Policy Studies in the College of Education at the Pennsylvania State University. She received her Ed.D. in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2008. Her research interests focus on racial desegregation and inequality in K-12 schools, and the connections between school segregation policies and other metropolitan policies. Her work has been published in several education policy and law journals and she is a contributing co-editor of Integrating schools in a changing society: New policies and legal options for a multiracial generation. With Kathryn McDermott and Elizabeth DeBray, she is the recipient of a grant from the Spencer Foundation to study the implementation of the federal Technical Assistance for Student Assignment Plans (TASAP) grants in 2011-2012.
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