School districts are permitted under federal law to use race as one factor in devising voluntary integration plans. But how to do so remains one of the most controversial issues in education today (“Rollback of Affirmative Action Guidelines Could Reshape K-12 School Districts,” The Wall Street Journal, Jul. 14).
Jefferson County School District in Louisville, Ky. found that out when it attempted to have black students constituting no less than 15 percent and no more than 50 percent, with bused students providing the desired balance. The plan was rejected by the court.
The problem is that schools have no control over housing patterns. I remember vividly what happened at the high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District where I spent my entire 28-year career after the court ordered busing to achieve a stipulated racial balance. Although black and white parents supported the goal of integrating schools, they opposed busing.
I don’t think much has changed in this regard. Until neighborhoods are racially integrated, most parents will continue to oppose busing and other forced strategies.
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