AEFP 43rd Annual Conference Program
Chair:, United States Military Academy
Chair:, University of California - Irvine
Chair:, Stanford University
Chair:, Georgia State University
Chair:, Abt Associates
Chair:, Bellwether Education Partners
While the conversation about intra-district segregation is longstanding, recent work has discussed the role that school district borders play in segregating students into different school districts, with significant ramifications for resource distribution, neighborhood composition, and educational outcomes. This panel will discuss how and why cross-border segregation occurs, what its effects are, and what policies can prevent or ameliorate it.
Specifically, this panel will consider the reasons that populations self-sort across school district borders, or why borders are drawn to create homogenous districts; the legal landscape governing interdistrict school segregation, including the applicability of the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence on intra-district segregation for addressing interdistrict issues; and the consequences of segregation for the racial and socioeconomic makeup of districts, schools, and classrooms and for fiscal capacity.
These issues will be considered through the lens of four southern metropolitan communities, three that merged city and suburban school systems for the purpose of desegregation and one that did not, with ramifications for both school and residential segregation. The dynamics underlying those findings speak to the connection between local tax bases and school district budgets, family perceptions of school resources and quality, and state policies regarding school district reorganization.