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ERIC Number: ED001587
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963
Pages: 32
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REPORT ON OAKLAND SCHOOLS.
DELLUMS, C.L.
AN INVESTIGATION WAS CARRIED OUT BY THE FAIR EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE COMMISSION INTO THE PRACTICES OF THE OAKLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT. BASIC WAS THE PREMISE THAT ANY TEACHER OR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR WHO ABUSES HIS TRUST BY LIMITING THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN, BECAUSE OF PRECONCEIVED NOTIONS OF WHAT THEY CAN OR CANNOT LEARN, BASED ON THEIR RACE, COLOR, OR ETHNIC ORIGIN, IS DOING A DISSERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY AND IS DOING THE CHILDREN ALMOST IRREPARABLE HARM. IN A NUMBER OF CASES INVESTIGATORS FOUND THAT KEY SCHOOL PERSONNEL WERE CONVINCED THAT NEGRO CHILDREN WERE LIMITED IN THEIR POSSIBLE ATTAINMENTS. IT APPEARED THAT NEGRO TEACHERS WERE USUALLY HIRED FOR JOBS IN PREDOMINANTLY NEGRO SCHOOLS, AND TEACHERS WITH A SPANISH SURNAME WERE RARELY HIRED. IT WAS ALSO CLEAR THAT OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINORITY-GROUP TEACHERS TO OBTAIN HIGHER-LEVEL POSITIONS WERE FEWER THAN FOR TEACHERS OF THE MAJORITY GROUP. BASED ON THESE AND OTHER FINDINGS. THE REPORT OF THE INVESTIGATION COMMITTEE CONCLUDED WITH SEVERAL RECOMMENDATIONS--(1) DISMISSAL OF ANY PRINCIPAL, COUNSELOR, OR TEACHER WHOSE EDUCATIONAL APPROACH TO MINORITY-GROUP STUDENTS IS LIMITED BY PREJUDICE AS TO THEIR POSSIBLE ACHIEVEMENT, (2) AN INTENSIVE PROGRAM FOR ALL CERTIFIED PERSONNEL OF INSERVICE TRAINING IN HUMAN RELATIONS, (3) HIRING OF TEACHERS ON MERIT, AND ASSIGNMENT OF MINORITY-GROUP TEACHERS TO ALL SCHOOLS, (4) EQUAL PROMOTIONAL OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL TEACHERS, AND (5) A CONSCIENTIOUS EFFORT TO EMPLOY SPANISH-SURNAME TEACHERS OR OTHERS WITH A KNOWLEDGE OF CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH.
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Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Industrial Relations, San Francisco. Fair Employment Practices Commission.
Identifiers: CALIFORNIA; California (Sacramento)