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The Carrot or the Stick for School Desegregation Policy: Magnet Schools or Forced Busing


reviewed by Kenneth K. Wong 1991

coverTitle: The Carrot or the Stick for School Desegregation Policy: Magnet Schools or Forced Busing
Author(s): Christine H. Rossell
Publisher: Temple University Press, Philadelphia
ISBN: 0877229244, Pages: , Year: 1990
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Racial integration in public schools remains a visibly controversial issue in domestic public policy. This policy debate centers on the extent of government intervention in achieving integration objectives. On the one hand, mandatory student reassignment is justified on moral grounds. It is also based on the school attendance pattern of the white population—few white parents, given the choice, would send their children to predominantly nonwhite schools. On the other hand, critics argue that the mandatory strategy has in effect reduced the likelihood of interracial contact as white families exit the school district to avoid forced integration. An alternative to mandatory reassignment is voluntary integration—the use of educational incentives to motivate voluntary transfers. This debate poses an empirical challenge. At issue is whether there is reliable evidence that would enable policymakers to make a choice between voluntary and mandatory strategies. In The Carrot or the Stick for School Desegregation Policy, political scientist... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 93 Number 1, 1991, p. 192-194
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 292, Date Accessed: 4/23/2018 3:59:58 AM

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