Friday, June 22, 2007

Social Science Findings about School Integration

Last fall, 553 social scientists from more than 200 institutions across the country signed a social science statement which summarized decades of research about: 1) the benefits of integrated schools for students and communities; 2) the harms of segregated schools; and 3) what is known about the efficacy of race-neutral student assignment plans. From that social science statement, we have put together a sheet of summarizing these findings:

For anyone interested in more detail or looking for some summer reading material, the social science statement (with citations to research on each of the points above) can be found here.

This social science statement, incidentally, is the fifth filed in school desegregation cases considered by the Supreme Court. The first statement was filed in the cases that led to the Brown v. Board of Education decision, which cited social science evidence in footnote 11.

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