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When the Fences Come DownTwenty-First-Century Lessons from Metropolitan School Desegregation$
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Genevieve Siegel-Hawley

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469627830

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627830.001.0001

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Why Boundary Lines Matter So Much—and What We Have Done about Them

Why Boundary Lines Matter So Much—and What We Have Done about Them

(p.11) Chapter One Why Boundary Lines Matter So Much—and What We Have Done about Them
When the Fences Come Down

Genevieve Siegel-Hawley

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter carefully describes how school district boundaries help structure segregation in our highly urbanized country. Drawing upon evidence from education, sociology, political science and law, it argues that politicized, invisible walls give shape to segregation in schools and communities and makes the case for why that still matters. The ongoing link between racial and economic segregation and unequal opportunity is contrasted with the current educational policy paradigm that largely ignores the fundamental importance of such issues. The chapter contends that today’s regionalism addresses problems related to metropolitan fragmentation, but often does so to the exclusion of critical conversations about educational opportunity.

Keywords:   School district boundaries, Milliken v. Bradley, Metropolitan school desegregation, Regionalism, Education policy, White flight

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