Resegregation will not happen on our watch: The political and social context surrounding voluntary integration in Wake County Public School System
Keywords:education policy, school integration, politics of education, school board, critical policy analysis
As resegregation occurs across the country, some school districts are pursuing voluntary integration. This qualitative case study uses critical policy analysis to explore the political and social contexts surrounding the early stages of developing a voluntary integration plan in Wake County Public School System, North Carolina. Through analysis of interviews with school board and community members as well as a range of documents, findings indicate that population growth and residential development, the proliferation of unregulated school choice, varied perspectives of community stakeholders, inequitable distribution of power and resources, and school board politics largely shape the process of developing a voluntary integration plan. Recommendations are provided for school district policies, cross-sector collaboration, and state-level policies that could strengthen the potential success of voluntary integration plans.
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Copyright (c) 2023 Jennifer B. Ayscue, Daniela Barriga, Elizabeth M. Uzzell
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