Teachers College Record Publishes Essay by Jack Dougherty and Dana Banks '03

The Teachers College Record has published a review essay co-authored by Trinity Assistant Professor of Educational Studies Jack Dougherty and Trinity graduate Dana Banks '03. The review essay, “City-Suburban Desegregation and Forced Choices: A Review Essay of Susan Eaton's The Other Boston Busing Story,” critically evaluates Eaton's work in relation to a parallel study of alumni of Hartford's Project Concern. A Mellon Foundation grant to Trinity for metropolitan Hartford social science research funded Banks and Dougherty’s presentation of their research at the Oral History Association in Baltimore last month.

The Other Boston Busing Story is an interview-based study of African American alumni from Boston's METCO voluntary city-to-suburb school desegregation program in the 1970s through the 1990s. Dougherty and Banks praise Eaton's richly-textured representations of METCO alumni experiences, but they question whether the evidence supports her major policy claim that nearly all alumni would repeat the program if given the opportunity. Based on the reviewers' parallel study of Hartford's Project Concern alumni, the essay calls attention to "forced choices" faced by many African Americans in these city-suburban programs, and discusses the broader implications for contemporary policy debate on school desegregation and the vouchers movement.

The review essay currently appears on-line and will be in print early next year. You can access it at: http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentID=11225

 

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