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Integration and Student Transfers

May 19, 2004 1 min read
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A report examining whether students are using the school choice mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act highlights these districts, where it says choice is helping to integrate schools by race and income.

District School
year
Number
of NCLB transfers
Percent
of
eligible
students
requesting
transfers
Percent
of
students
in sending schools
who are minorities
Percent
of
students
in sending schools
who are
low-income
Percent
of
students in receiving schools
who are minorities
Percent of students in receiving schools who
are low-income
Palm Beach County, Fla. 2003-
04
387 9.9 97-100 83-93 15-83 7-64
Alexan-dria, Va. 2003-
04
26 13. 5 85 78 46-66 26-36
Balti-more
County, Md.
2002-
03
93 5.1 a 96-98 52-55 5-89 2-44
2003-
04
93 7.1 96-98 52-55 5-66 2-31
Hamil-ton County, Tenn. 2003-
04
484 14.4 65-99 82-98 2-25 3-65
Tacoma,
Wash.
2001-
02
1,076 35.6 52-77 73-92 13-77 7-89
2002-
03
565 18.2 52-77 73-92 13-77 7-89
2003-
04
253 10.8 b 60-77 80-92 13-77 7-89
Fort Wayne, Ind. 2003-
04
81 5.5 65-80 82-92 26-50 34-69

a Of the 93 students transferring in 2002-2003, eight chose a school that was 89 percent minority and 44 percent low-income. The remaining transferees chose to attend schools ranging from 5 percent to 66 percent minority and 2 percent to 31 percent low-income.
b While declining percentages of students have been making choices each year, the assumption is that some students who elect to remain in their receiving schools do not repeat the choice process.

SOURCE: Citizens’ Commission on Civil Rights, 2004.

A version of this article appeared in the May 19, 2004 edition of Education Week as Integration and Student Transfers

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