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ERIC Number: ED115706
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
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Desegregating the Boston Public Schools: A Crisis in Civic Responsibility. A Report of the United States Civil Rights Commission.
Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
This document presents findings and recommendations on the implementation of court ordered school desegregation in Boston. Major divisions of the document include a general section, the Boston municipal government, the State government, leadership of Boston's private sector, and the Federal government. Within these major categories, various sub-division are listed and followed by findings and recommendations thereof. The view that court-ordered desegregation of public schools in Boston for school year 1974-75 was disastrous is not supported here. Evidence developed by staff and testimony under oath from over 100 witnesses during five days of public hearings is considered to indicate that substantial progress was made in Boston in 1974-75 in the direction of upholding and implementing the constitutional rights of children and young people. The groundwork for even more significant progress in the same direction for school year 1975-76 is stated to have been laid. The Boston School Committee is said to have treated the court ordered Phase I school desegregation plan as an administrative problem and refused to take the affirmative steps necessary to desegregate successfully. The attitudes and practices that characterized their approach to Phase I are held not to have changed. Since the major administrative responsibilities for implementing the desegregation order still rests with this committee, the resolution of this unresolved issue is seen as crucial. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Citizenship Responsibility, Civil Rights, Community Cooperation, Community Organizations, Community Relations, Community Services, Court Litigation, Desegregation Litigation, Federal Government, Government Role, Local Government, Public Agencies, Public Schools, Racial Integration, School Community Relationship, School Desegregation, Social Problems, State Action, State Government, Urban Areas, Urban Problems
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Massachusetts (Boston)