ERIC Number: ED145054
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Reference Count: 0
School Desegregation in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Up until 1954 all Tulsa schools were totally segregated by race. In the fall of 1955, school attendance zones in Tulsa were redrawn, utilizing the neighborhood school concept, but without regard to race, color, religion, or national origin. The new zones placed some black children in previously all white schools, and some white children in previously all black schools. This realigning of attendance zones, however, was negated by the school board's policy of allowing any student to transfer from a school in which his or her race was minority to a school where his or her race was a majority upon the request of the parents. In May of 1965 the Tulsa public schools' plan for desegregation was submitted to the U.S. Commissioner of Education. Since then, although this school district has made progress in bringing about school desegregation, much remains to be done. School enrollment statistics for the 1975-76 school year indicate that many schools are still segregated. By choosing to define an integrated school as one having not more than 90% enrollment of a single race, the Tulsa district has not presented an accurate picture on the status of school desegregation. White flight from this district to surrounding suburban districts is a major problem. The affirmative program, instituted by the school district has not been carried through. Furthermore, the burden of busing has fallen on the black community. On the positive side, the magnet school plan has been extremely successful. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents see UD 017 402-418 and UD 017 447-452; Appendix may be marginally legible due to small print