Like all linguists, I affirm that AAVE is a fully-formed gramamtical system. But as the Oakland controversy shows, developing an educational policy for AAVE speakers is very complex.
UGA African American Vernacular English Page - Overview of what AAVE is and how it may have developed.
Peter J. Patrick African American English - Includes a bibliography and links.
AAVE Phonology (Morphology) Exercise - Only the past participle "ing" goes to /in/. Other engmas intact. Part of U Arizona Language Sample Project
Phonological Features of AAVE - Technical report, primarily based on Memphis subjects. From Memphis Child Phonology Laboratory
Syntactic Variation and Competence - AAVE Copula Deletion - Online dissertation from Emily Bender
In 1997, Oakland proposed that Ebonics (AAVE) be treated as a distinct language and the school district could fund and implement bilingual education programs for the large AAVE population resideing in the city.
John R. Rickford, Writings on the Ebonics issue - Articles from John and Angela Rickford favoring Oakland resolution.
CAL Ebonics Page - Center for Applied Linguistics page on Ebonics
LSA Reolution on "Ebonics" - LSA affirms that AAVE is a real linguistic system, but does not resolve 'dialect/language' issue.
Junk Science and the Ebonics Resolution - Crticizes both the right and the left for misinterpreting the issues. From a practicing linguist.
Embracing Ebonics and Teaching Standard English - Article explaning how teaching to 5th grade AAVE speakers works in Oakland. From 1997.
These pages do NOT necessarily reflect my opnions, but show how different people have reacted to the issue.
Ebonics - Black English or Boondogle? - In-depth story from Psychiatric Times. Provocative Statement: "You can’t write a decent composition with Ebonics.” I'm not sure this is fair - has anyone tried?
Fear of a Black Language - An African American writes on why he thinks Americans "fear" AAVE. You can decide if he's correct or not.
CNN Black English Proposal Draws Fire - Includes negative reactions from some African American artists and politicians.
Da Ebonics Page - A humorous take. NOT the real thing, but apparently by an African American, or a least someone who views the language fondly.
Four Truths About the Ebonics Debate - A journalist examines the Oakland controvery and gives his perspective.