Vouchers could desegregate schools better than buses, argues Dr. Herbert Walberg whose CV is as long as my arm.
Meanwhile, Harvard University’s Paul Peterson writes an incisive article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal entitled “”School Choice and Racial Balance.” (subscription required, unfortunately) Professor Peterson argues that a desirable level of integration will occur when parents of all races are allowed to send their children to the best school possible. In his words:
To achieve racial balance, let parents choose their school, and let oversubscribed schools admit students by lot. If parents of all races and ethnicities seek admission to a particular school at the same rate, then a lottery will ensure that the school’s social mix reflects that of the school district, the very goal Seattle said it tried to achieve.