The End of Integration

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Why The End of Integration?

After four decades of school integration America has given up, and the question is: 'Why?'. I believe the answer is because absolutely nothing worked! Bussing was a hassle, most magnet schools were set up for false reasons, and everything was very costly. With everything they tried there were still no significant changes in the test scores of the minority students. So now here we are in the late 21st century and it can all be summed up with what Chris Hansen of the American Civil Liberties Union in New York City believes the courts are saying, 'We still agree with the goal of school desegregation, but it's too hard, and we're tired of it, and we give up.'

It all started with Brown v. Board of Education saying 'Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.' There began a plan to desegregate public schools across America. The first plan was bussing when Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education stated that federal courts could order bussing to desegregate schools.

However in most cases bussing became much more of a hassle than a helper. There were many revolts from parents making situations even more horrible. Most students wanted to go to their neighborhood schools and not be bussed for long trips to attend a 'better' school. In Seattle the school board unanimously voted to 'avoid race-based school assignment and increase enrollment in schools closer to home.'(Lilly) The busing plan was not working and soon many schools were trying to deactivate this maneuver. 'There is evidence that federal courts are realizing that the 25-year-old policy of busing to achieve racial balance in schools has not worked as a means for ending segregation or improving the academic performance of minority students.'(NCPA) Busing did not work out as planned; scores for minority...