This highly focused collection of papers, commissioned by the National Urban League, offers a candid and courageous portrait of black education in transition. This is a period, as the editors note in their opening remarks, that is characterized by a huge shift from federal responsibility for minority education to authority and autonomy being lodged at the local government level. Further, many institutions that once worked well, no longer do so. Many ambitious social programs and policies that originally promised much, have been abandoned, have failed, or just faded away. Pivotal to these times and changes is the question of the extent to which the American educational system has been, or still is, capable of being responsive to incorporating and even instigating equity and excellence for black Americans. This volume asks the hard questions: is the educational system geared up for the maintenance of anything other than mainstream values? can it adapt to minority youth requirements? when, why, and how do educational policies of majorities and minorities clash? How are priorities to be established on the basis of wealth or need? The legal statutes and administrative enforcement of equal educational opportunities are explored in depth and with a deep compassion for all parties involved.

chapter 1|10 pages

Black Education: A Quest for Equity and Excellence

Edited ByWilly DeMarcell Smith, Eva Wells Chunn

chapter 2|5 pages

Taking the Initiative in Education: The National Urban League Agenda

Edited ByJohn E. Jacob

chapter 3|10 pages

A Leadership Blueprint for Equity and Excellence in Black Higher Education

Edited ByJames E. Cheek

chapter 4|8 pages

Equity in Education: A Low Priority in the School Reform Movement

Edited ByFaustine C. Jones-Wilson

chapter 5|11 pages

Educational Policy Trends in a Neoconservative Era

Edited ByMarguerite Ross Barnett

chapter 6|7 pages

Legislating for Effective Schools and Academic Excellence

Edited ByJohn W. Smith

chapter 7|5 pages

Black Teachers: A Vanishing Tradition

Edited ByMary E. Dilworth

chapter 8|17 pages

Improving Black Education: Perspectives on Parent Involvement

Edited ByDiana T. Slaughter, Valerie Shahariw Kuehne

chapter 9|18 pages

Test Fairness and Bias: Measuring Academic Achievement Among Black Youth

Edited BySylvia T Johnson

chapter 11|20 pages

The Eroding Status of Blacks in Higher Education: An Issue of Financial Aid

Edited ByMary Carter-Williams

chapter 12|9 pages

The Intended and Unintended Benefits of School Desegregation

Edited ByCharles V. Willie

chapter 13|10 pages

The Case for a Separate Black School System

Edited ByDerrick Bell

chapter 14|12 pages

Desegregating with Magnet and One-Race Elementary and Secondary Schools

Edited ByAlvin Thornton, Eva Wells Chunn

chapter 15|18 pages

The Consent Decree as a Tool for Desegregation in Higher Education

Edited ByJames J. Prestage, Jewel L. Prestage

chapter 16|11 pages

Elements of Effective Black Schools

Edited ByCharles D. Moody Sr, Christella D. Moody

chapter 17|14 pages

School Power: A Model for Improving Black Student Achievement

Edited ByJames P. Comer, Norris M. Haynes, Muriel Hamilton-Lee

chapter 19|8 pages

Memphis Inner-City Schools Improvement- Project: A Holistic Approach for Developing Academic Excellence

Edited ByWilliam A. Johnson, Betty Dwyer, Joan Z. Spade

chapter 20|10 pages

A Community Initiative:Making a Difference in the Quality of Black Education

Edited ByWilliam A. Johnson, Betty Dwyer, Joan Z. Spade

chapter 21|9 pages

Black School Pushouts And Dropouts: Strategies For Reduction

Edited ByAntoine M. Garibaldi, Melinda Bartley

chapter 22|9 pages

Black Teenage Pregnancy: A Challenge for Educators

Edited ByJoyce A. Ladner

chapter |3 pages

About the Authors

Edited ByJoyce A. Ladner