After Brown: The Challenge to Attain an Equal Unitary Education System
AbstractAmong citizens and educational reformers a central belief exists that the nationâ€™s public schools are failing. One reality underlying this perception is that while school administrators and political leaders no longer createa separate school system by law (de jure), a de facto dual system still operatesâ€”inferior inner-city schools largely for minority children and superior suburban schools for white children. This paper examines reasonsfor the dual system, as well as recent Supreme Court decisions holding that school boards are not responsible for desegregating public schools that are virtually one race due to de facto causes. The ability of magnet schools to alleviate the dual system is explored.
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