This study owes much to Dean Charles W. Case of The University of Connecticut. From our first meeting, he provided the highest level of encouragement and enthusiasm. Our discussions were always stimulating, and I felt continually both challenged and supported as we proceeded through the various phases of the project. I cannot imagine a better working relationship than the one that we shared. Helpful criticism also was offered by two other members of the Administration Department of the School of Education: Barry Goff and Timothy Reagan.
I am tremendously indebted to the more than one hundred interviewees who took time from their busy schedules to share their experiences and insights. I offer my thanks to these educators, administrators, and public officials in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio whom I had the pleasure to meet and engage in conversation. I was tremendously impressed with their dedication and expertise; our schools are in very good hands.
The computer has made a work of this type much easier to do; however, it can occasionally be a daunting piece of equipment for someone who prepared her first papers on a manual typewriter. I appreciate the aid afforded me in keeping my Macintosh friendly from my son, Channing, and from Tasha Bouchard, R. Craig Branning, Jack Polidoro, and my soon-to-be daughter-in-law Sara Schloss. My secretary, Amy Bassett, was extremely helpful in the preparation of the tables in this volume while Bill and Chris Keegan introduced me to the world of computer cartography when they prepared the maps. I am grateful for the assistance rendered by James T. Sabin, Executive Vice President of the Greenwood Publishing Group, and Bridget M. Austiguy, my production editor.
A project of this kind spills over into all facets of one's life. I am most appreciative of the interest and support shown by my colleagues at the Mansfield Board of Education Central Office. My
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Publication information: Book title: Achieving Racial Balance:Case Studies of Contemporary School Desegregation. Contributors: Sondra Astor Stave - Author. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1995. Page number: xi.
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