This thesis is an analysis and evaluation of a procedure used in the 1970s to desegregate schools in Gainesville, Florida. This approach to desegregation is described in A Network-Flow Model for Racially Balancing Schools by Peter C. Belford and H. Donald Ratliff. This procedure includes a mathematical model for assigning students to schools while balancing race in each school. The model minimizes the number of miles traveled by all students, thus minimizing bussing travel costs. In this thesis, we replicate the Gainesville model using different data and apply the model to Evanston, Illinois to investigate its application in another city.
Trautvetter, Paula, "Stopping Segregation: Using a Mathematical Model to Racially Balance Schools in the 1970s" (2015). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 6795.
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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