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School Integration and Segregation: How We Got Where We Are


by Iris C. Rotberg - December 01, 2020

An opinion piece about school integration might seem out of touch with reality at a time when many students are separated, each in their own home or learning pod. I write, however, as a reminder that the pandemic will end and we will then need integrated schools more than ever. This commentary attempts to give a realistic assessment of alternative approaches for strengthening integration in different types of school districts. It describes first the educational and social policies that have led to current trends in integration and segregation. It then considers the challenges and tradeoffs faced by segregated, high poverty districts and by those that are more diverse and makes recommendations for achieving lasting school integration.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 01, 2020
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 23536, Date Accessed: 9/21/2021 9:35:13 AM

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  • Iris Rotberg
    The George Washington University
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    IRIS C. ROTBERG, Ph.D., is a research professor of education policy at the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at The George Washington University, Washington, DC. After beginning her career as a research psychologist, she entered the field of public policy research, holding positions at the National Science Foundation, RAND, the National Institute of Education, and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Her publications address issues of school reform, school choice, integration and segregation, testing and accountability, international education, science education, welfare reform, and federal policy in financing education. Her articles and commentaries appear in a range of professional journals and other publications, and she is the editor of Balancing Change and Tradition in Global Education Reform, published by Rowman & Littlefield Education (2004, 2010) and Choosing Charters: Better Schools or More Segregation? (with Joshua L. Glazer), published by Teachers College Press (2018).
 
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