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Educational Delusions?Why Choice Can Deepen Inequality and How to Make Schools Fair$
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Gary Orfield and Erica Frankenberg

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520274730

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520274730.001.0001

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Experiencing Integration in Louisville

Experiencing Integration in Louisville

Attitudes on Choice and Diversity in a Changing Legal Environment

(p.238) 11 Experiencing Integration in Louisville
Educational Delusions?

Gary Orfield

Erica Frankenberg

University of California Press

Understanding how a community views integration choice policies is particularly important, partly because school choice relies on parents viewing their options as attractive and also because only a district supported by the public can sustain voluntary integration, since a school board can reverse it at any time. This chapter examines parental and student attitudes toward the Jefferson County Public School choice—based integration policy at a time of renewed legal and political scrutiny of both the policy’s goals and its means of trying to attain integration. The greater Louisville community has shown a strong and consistent commitment to diverse schools, with a long tradition of adopting desegregation policies, which it has modified over time to provide more school choice and satisfy parents. We found major positive findings about the attitudes of parents and the experiences and plans of students that reaffirm the efforts of the school district and community to combine school choice and diversity. At the same time, significant numbers of parents expressed concerns about the district transportation system’s unnecessarily long trips and scheduling failures, and they also expressed a desire to have diversity closer to home.

Keywords:   Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, public opinion, integration plan, parents involved

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