From the Courtroom to the Classroom

From the Courtroom to the Classroom The Shifting Landscape of School Desegregation

Edited by Claire E. Smrekar and Ellen B. Goldring, foreword by Ronald F. Ferguson
Pub. Date: March 2009
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-029-4
paper, 300 Pages
Pub. Date: March 2009
ISBN-13: 978-1-934742-20-4
Price: $33.00

Add to Cart

Look Inside the Book

From the Courtroom to the Classroom examines recent developments pertaining to school desegregation
in the United States.


This book offers important assessments of recent school desegregation strategies and asks whether they have fulfilled the constitutional requirement to ‘establish justice’ and ‘promote the general welfare.’ It is an important contribution to our assessment of the ongoing legacy of Brown v. Board of Education, which many scholars feel was the most significant U.S. Supreme Court case of the twentieth century. — Charles V. Willie, Charles W. Eliot Professor of Education, Emeritus, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University

In an era of unitary status, ‘color-blind’ school-choice policy, and a Supreme Court with four justices who argue that the creation of racially diverse schools is not a compelling state interest, we need more than ever the insights into separate and unequal schools found in From the Courtroom to the Classroom. — Amy Stuart Wells, professor, Department of Sociology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

More Less

About the Editors

Claire E. Smrekar is an associate professor of public policy and education at Vanderbilt University and an investigator with the National Center on School Choice. Her doctorate research focused on educational administration and policy analysis. Smrekar conducts qualitative research studies related to the social context of education and public policy, with specific reference to the impact of desegregation plans and choice policy on families, schools, and neighborhoods. She is currently involved in a study of public housing reform and neighborhood schools.

Ellen B. Goldring is professor of education policy and leadership at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, and is an investigator with the National Center on School Choice and The Learning Sciences Institute. Goldring’s research focuses on improving schools, with particular attention to educational leadership, and access and equity in schools of choice.

E-book available through online booksellers

Table of Contents (PDF)

About the Authors (PDF)

Other books in Desegregation

Legacies of Brown

Edited by Dorinda J. Carter, Stella M. Flores, and Richard J. Reddick