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  • School Desegregation Orders

    The highest performing school district in the state of Florida, St. Johns County schools, still has an open desegregation order. I submitted FOI requests with the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida and the St. Johns County school district to obtain records and information needed for the story. Records show currently the majority of students in the St. Johns County school district are white but the district is now fully integrated and complies with the federal order. I learned that that the federal government has been inconsistent in its monitoring of the open desegregation orders in Florida. After my story aired, the St. Johns County school district has said they are working with the federal government to have the desegregation order closed.
  • Separate and Unequal

    This investigation began as an attempt to determine if the Bakersfield school district's desegregation program was successful. The reporters found that not only was the program failing, but that millions of dollars of federal money was being wasted on it.
  • The Great Divide

    This four-part series reveals that education in Pennsylvania and New Jersey is overwhelmingly not diverse despite 50 years of supposed desegregation. Economic factors often lead to racial segregation, but research shows that "white flight" causes suburban areas to be just as separated as big cities. The private schooling option also steals many white students from public schools. One school district attempts to prove that with effort almost perfect racial balance can be achieved.
  • Still separate, unequal: Most of Illinois' black students remain in segregated, inferior schools

    Fifty years after the Brown vs. Board of Education court decision promised better schools for black children, this Tribune investigation found that most black children in Illinois still are relegated to segregated and inferior schools. The Tribune analyzed test scores, student demographics and teaching and learning data at about 4,000 schools to reveal a number of trends. For instance, schools with a majority of black students have larger class sizes, fewer fully certified teachers and more instances of being on the state's academic watch list.
  • The Long Walk Home

    A story of the history of desegregation in Kansas City, Mo. through the tale of its oldest school--Central High. It shows how "the nation's most expensive desegregation remedy ultimately helped destroy the very community it sought to help."
  • A People Divided: 44 Tears of Failure

    WBRZ-TV examines East Baton Rouge Parish Public School System -- the school system has been under federal court supervision for 44 years because of a feud with the Justice Department over desegregation efforts.
  • A pivotal moment for higher education

    The Chronicle examines the continuing struggle for desegregation in higher education in Maryland and Mississippi that began in 1975 when Jake Ayers filed suit demanding that Mississippi provide equal education at the state's historically black colleges. Currently Mississippi and Maryland are facing difficulty finding an equitable solution to desegregating the state's predominantly white schools and the historically black colleges.
  • Deciding Desegregation

    This is a series of series examining the potential ramifications of a legal challenge to end legislated desegregation in Charlotte, where busing was first practiced as a means of integrating schools. The Observer "focused on two key questions: Has desegregation in Charlotte given all children the same shot at success? And if desegregation ends, what are the consequences for the district's 100,000 children?"
  • Deciding desegregation: a continuing series

    This report uses computer assisted reporting (CAR) to show what a desegregated school system would look like -- how neighborhood schools assignments would affect classroom diversity, poverty rates, crowding, and the distances students travel every day.
  • Reviving Neighborhood Schools

    The story examined what efforts were in place to ensure students attend racially balanced schools. What the reporter found was that even though it was never articulated in any policy statement or school board decision, racial balance was no longer a priority. Funding decisions, budget priorities, grant applications and the way expertise is distributed around the district make one thing very clear: Cincinnati Public Schools have essentially abandoned their desegregation push in favor of a return to neighborhood school programs. (November 10 and 11, 1996)