Neighborhood Racial Composition and School Desegregation in New Castle County, Delaware

  • Joe T. Darden


The racial composition of American schools has been strongly influenced by neighborhood racial composition. In order to gain a better understanding of school desegregation, it is useful to examine racial and demographic patterns in communities undergoing desegregation. In this chapter, an assessment is made of demographic characteristics and enrollment trends related to desegregation in New Castle County, Delaware, following a court-ordered metropolitan desegregation plan instituted in 1978. The relations between neighborhood racial composition and attitudes and between neighborhood racial composition and achievement are also investigated.


Junior High School Racial Composition Racial Attitude Racial Segregation School Desegregation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joe T. Darden
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  1. 1.Urban Affairs ProgramsMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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