This special issue commemorates and reassesses the educational effects of the Brown decision. The articles are grounded in theories and methods of several disciplines, including law, philosophy, economics, political science, sociology, and public policy. The researchers examine the way the Court frames racial inequality and whether the proposed remedy is consistent with the institutional and legal context at the time of the ruling. In addressing these questions, the authors pay particular attention to the nature of the constitutional argument, use of social evidence in shaping judicial decisions, the political economy of policy development and implementation in addressing racial desegregation, and the ongoing challenge of ensuring equality of schooling opportunity for the increasingly diverse student population.
Volume 79, Number 2, 2004Contents: K.K. Wong, Guest Editor's Preface. J.W. Guthrie, M.G. Springer, Returning to Square One: From Plessy to Brown and Back to Plessy. R.L. Brown, A Commentary: Calming Brown's Critics, Still Queasy After All These Years. L.T. Outlaw, Jr., A Commentary: "Brown v. Board of Education I: A Reconsideration." J. Lee, Multiple Facets of Inequity in Racial and Ethnic Achievement Gaps. C.T. Clotfelter, Private Schools, Segregation, and the Southern States. R.M. Straus, Reconstructing Los Angeles Magnet Schools: Representations in Newspapers. K.K. Wong, A.C. Nicotera, Brown v. Board of Education and the Coleman Report: Social Science Research and the Debate on Educational Equality. K.D. Syverud, Expert Report of Kent D. Syverud in Grutter v. Bollinger. F.E. Obiakor, C.A. UtleyEducating Culturally Diverse Learners With Exceptionalities: A Critical Analysis of the Brown Case. D.B. Cornfield, A. Arzubiaga, Immigrants and Education in the U.S. Interior: Integrating and Segmenting Tendencies in Nashville, Tennessee.