VU profs argue that schools are slipping back to segregation

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 12:59pm

Two Vanderbilt University professors with Metro ties have edited a newly published book, From the Courtroom to the Classroom: The Shifting Landscape of School Desegregation, arguing that urban school districts across the country have shifted back to managing segregated schools following the recent lifting of court-ordered desgregation plans.

The book includes information about Metro Nashville Public Schools. The professors who edited the book, Peabody College of education and human development professors Claire Smrekar and Ellen Goldring, have spoken publicly about Nashville schools.

Goldring is a co-chair of Mayor Karl Dean’s Advisory Council on Special Education.

Research from Smrekar and Goldring has been quoted often as Nashville has wrestled with questions related to a new rezoning plan for public schools.

“As the return to neighborhood schools accelerates, schools resegregate, and magnet programs assume new roles, this book provides timely information on critical social and academic outcomes for children,” Smrekar said in a Vanderbilt press release.

The new book, published by Harvard University Press, is available on