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By Pamela Grundy

At a time whilst race and inequality dominate nationwide debates, the tale of West Charlotte highschool illuminates the chances and demanding situations of utilizing racial and fiscal desegregation to foster academic equality. West Charlotte opened in 1938 as a segregated college that embodied the aspirations of the becoming African American inhabitants of Charlotte, North Carolina. within the Nineteen Seventies, whilst Charlotte started court-ordered busing, black and white households made West Charlotte the distinguished flagship of the main built-in significant college method within the kingdom. yet because the 20th century neared its shut and a brand new court docket order eradicated race-based busing, Charlotte faculties resegregated alongside strains of sophistication in addition to race. West Charlotte turned the city's poorest, lowest-performing excessive school—a outstanding reminder of the folk and locations that Charlotte's quick progress had left in the back of. whereas devoted lecturers proceed to teach kids, the school's demanding situations underscore the painful effects of resegregation.

Drawing on approximately twenty years of interviews with scholars, educators, and alumni, Pamela Grundy makes use of the background of a community's liked school to tell a broader American tale of schooling, group, democracy, and race—all whereas elevating questions on present-day ideas for college reform.

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