School Choice and Self-Selected Segregation



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Was diversity a factor in your school choice?

In 1957, nine black students made history when they enrolled at a previously all-white high school in Little Rock, Ark.

Now, 50 years later, some parents — both black and white — are choosing schools for their children that are segregated not by law, but by practice.


Ellen Brantlinger, retired professor of education at Indiana University; author of Dividing Classes: How the Middle Class Negotiates and Justifies School Advantage

Kingsley Jones, instructor at the Marcus Garvey School in Los Angeles, Calif.



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