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ERIC Number: ED015986
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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A PROPOSED NEW SCHOOL FORMAT, CONTINUOUS PROGRESS CENTERS.
GREAVES, JACK
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, HAS MADE EFFORTS TO IMPROVE RACIAL BALANCE IN THE SCHOOLS BY INSTITUTING VOLUNTARY, MANDATORY, AND REVERSE TRANSFER PROGRAMS, IN WHICH 1500 NEGRO AND 90 WHITE STUDENTS HAVE ALREADY PARTICIPATED. MOREOVER IN ANTICIPATION OF INCREASED INMIGRATION, THE CITY HAS DEVELOPED A NEW TYPE OF SCHOOL STRUCTURE FOR URBAN LIVING, THE CONTINUOUS PROGRESS CONCEPT, A REORGANIZATION OF THE SCHOOLS WHICH COUNTERACTS THE RACIAL, SOCIAL, AND CULTURAL ISOLATION OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL. AS PART OF THE CONCEPT PRIMARY SCHOOL WILL SERVE CHILDREN FROM PRESCHOOL THROUGH GRADE FOUR, AFTER WHICH STUDENTS WILL MOVE ON TO AN INTERMEDIATE CONTINUOUS PROGRESS CENTER WHICH WILL SERVE A LARGER COMMUNITY. TOTAL ENROLLMENT IN THIS CENTER WILL BE FROM 1,800 TO 3,000 BUT CHILDREN WILL BELONG TO INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS. STUDENTS WILL BENEFIT FROM SPECIAL RESOURCES AND FACILITIES AND FROM THE VARIED SOCIAL MILIEU POSSIBLE IN A LARGE CENTER. FROM AGES 13 TO 17 STUDENTS WILL ATTEND SECONDARY CONTINUOUS PROGRESS CENTERS WHICH OFFER DIVERSITY, SPECIALIZATION, AND INSTRUCTIONAL INNOVATIONS, AS WELL AS SOME OCCUPATIONAL PREPARATION. FROM THESE UNITS PUPILS WILL MOVE ON TO COSMOPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGES. SELF-PACING WILL ENABLE STUDENTS TO PROGRESS THROUGH THE SCHOOLS AT THEIR OWN RATE. HOWEVER THE SPECIAL VOTING PROCEDURES FOR EDUCATIONAL FINANCING IN THE STATE AND SOME MINORITY OPPOSITION COMPLICATE THE FRUITION OF THIS CONCEPT. THIS PAPER WAS PREPARED FOR THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY IN AMERICA'S CITIES, SPONSORED BY THE U.S. COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS, WASHINGTON, D.C., NOVEMBER 16-18, 1967. (NH)
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Identifiers: WASHINGTON; Washington (Seattle)