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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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Valuing Diversity and Hoping for the Best

Valuing Diversity and Hoping for the Best

Choice in Metro Tampa

(p.89) 4 Valuing Diversity and Hoping for the Best
Educational Delusions?

Barbara Shircliffe

Jennifer Morley

University of California Press

Advocates of school choice see it as a means to promote voluntary desegregation and to prevent school resegregation in districts no longer operating under court oversight. This chapter examines whether a metropolitan school choice plan (that of Tampa—Hillsborough County, the eighth largest school district in the nation) is promoting or undermining school desegregation. During the 1970s, proponents of school desegregation celebrated Tampa—Hillsborough County as one of the most integrated systems in the South. In 2004, however, district leaders chose to implement a choice plan with little controls for social and racial diversity. We found that school choice without methods to produce socioeconomic integration—even with considerable investment in magnet programs, transportation, and school attractors—may do little to counter trends toward resegregation. We also suggest that the performance—based accountability agenda has co—opted the equity potential of certain choice options, because the goals of school choice options, including magnets, are serving purposes other than diversifying schools.

Keywords:   desegregation, Tampa, Hillsborough, controlled choice, magnets, resegregation

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