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ERIC Number: ED002082
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963-Jan-20
Pages: 8
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FROM THE CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO THE ST. LOUIS BOARD OF EDUCATION--A FINAL REPORT.
Saint Louis Board of Education, MO.
THE ST. LOUIS CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE WAS GIVEN THE TASK OF INVESTIGATING WHETHER OR NOT THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE ST. LOUIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAD BEEN ENGAGED IN ANY POLICIES, PROCEDURES, OR PRACTICES WHICH MIGHT CAUSE RESEGREGATION IN THE SCHOOLS. DURING THE INVESTIGATION, THE COMMITTEE KEPT IN MIND THE TRUISM THAT THE SCHOOL, AS A UNIT ORGANIZATION WITH A PUBLICLY KNOWN POLICY, IS THE MOST VISIBLE AND VULNERABLE AGENCY IN THE COMMUNITY AND, THEREFORE, SUFFERS THE BRUNT OF COMMUNITY TENSION, UNREST, AND DISCOURAGEMENT. THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE'S INVESTIGATION WAS CENTERED AROUND AN EVALUATION OF 136 CRITICISMS AND ALLEGATIONS BROUGHT AGAINST THE SCHOOL BOARD BY CERTAIN COMMUNITY GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS. THESE CRITICISMS WERE CATEGORIZED UNDER SEVERAL GENERAL HEADINGS, INCLUDING STUDENTS TRANSFERS, OPEN ENROLLMENT POLICY, TEACHER DISTRIBUTION, SCHOOL BOUNDARIES, BUSSING, COURSE OFFERINGS, PLANT FACILITIES, AND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIONS. PRINCIPLES EVOLVING FROM THE EVALUATION WERE--WHEN CONSIDERING STUDENT TRANSFER REQUESTS, EVERY CONSIDERATION MUST BE GIVEN TO FURTHER INTEGRATION, TEACHERS MUST BE HIRED AND ALLOCATED ACCORDING TO EDUCATION, ABILITY, AND ADAPTABILITY CONCERNING TEACHING, NOT THE BASIS OF RACE, INTEGRATION MUST BE FOSTERED AMONG TRANSPORTEES AND RECEIVING SCHOOLS WHEN BUSSING IS CONSIDERED, THE STUDENT SHOULD NEVER BE PLACED AT A DISADVANTAGE BECAUSE OF THE AGE OR CURRICULUM OF HIS SCHOOL, AND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND ADMINISTRATION IS DEFINED BY LAW. THE COMMITTEE REPORT CONCLUDED THAT, WHILE SOME RESEGREGATION DID TAKE PLACE, IT WAS NOT THROUGH THE DELIBERATE INTENT OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
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Authoring Institution: Saint Louis Board of Education, MO.
Identifiers: Missouri (Saint Louis)