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|Title:||Public School Choice: The New K-12 Desegregation Model?|
|Author(s):||Dawn G. Williams|
|Volume:||9 Editor(s): Frank Brown, Richard C. Hunter ISBN: 978-0-76231-299-3 eISBN: 978-1-84950-404-1|
|Citation:||Dawn G. Williams (2006), Public School Choice: The New K-12 Desegregation Model?, in Frank Brown, Richard C. Hunter (ed.) No Child Left Behind and other Federal Programs for Urban School Districts (Advances in Educational Administration, Volume 9), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.285-298|
|DOI:||10.1016/S1479-3660(06)09015-9 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Article type:||Chapter Item|
|Abstract:||Federal involvement with closing the achievement gap was inspired by the failed local efforts in the 1960s. To aid in closing the achievement gap the federal government has promoted the busing of African American students in sometimes hostile white schools and financially supported educational/social programs such as Head Start. Currently, we are faced with yet another federal effort to close the achievement gap due to the failed attempts by local and state districts. Many school districts across the nation are participating in public school choice programs in response to the choice mandate in No Child Left Behind. The use of school choice, along with testing and accountability measures, is a major mechanism employed by the Bush administration to close the gap. As desegregation has shown, the transfer of students from one facility to a seemingly better facility is not enough. When looking at the majority population served in America's urban schools, we need to continue to raise the question, how do we best serve the needs of those who are most in need and have been historically and systematically placed in need?|
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