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Southern StalemateFive Years without Public Education in Prince Edward County, Virginia$
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Christopher Bonastia

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226063898

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226063911.001.0001

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Conclusion A County ahead of Its Time?

Conclusion A County ahead of Its Time?

(p.248) Conclusion A County ahead of Its Time?
Southern Stalemate
University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores the recent efforts at the state and county levels to make amends for five years of closed schools. It assesses the ongoing impact of the closings on families and the community and evaluates the state of Prince Edward County schools today. An exploration of the lessons of the Prince Edward saga is looked at, connecting it to current discussions about colorblind conservatism, school choice, the use of tax policy to lure affluent residents and marginalize poor ones, and strategies for activism. Black Prince Edwardians cannot forget that the county “expelled” all students from the public schools for five years. By the early 1990s, the county's school system had become a point of pride, even if persistent inequalities remained and many in the county shied away from grappling with the legacy of the county's costly intransigence.

Keywords:   closed schools, Prince Edward County, colorblind conservatism, school choice, tax policy, activism, public schools

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