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ERIC Number: ED156915
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Career Education in Desegregating Schools in Large Cities.
Marshall, Lila
A desegregation plan ordered for the Dallas [Texas] Independent School District (DISD) included voluntary desegregation on the high school level through the use of career education in "magnet schools" (MS) (those that attract students by offering special career, vocational, or other programs). The plan, drawn up by a task force of Blacks, Mexican-Americans, and Whites, included (1) seven MSs to be located within a two-mile radius of the central business district, (2) implementation by academic year 1979-1980, (3) MSs (high schools only) to be open on a voluntary basis, (4) ethnic ratios equal to the ratios of the 9-12 student population of the DISD as a whole, plus or minus 10%, (5) encouragement of partnerships and working relationships between institutions of higher learning and the business and cultural communities and the MS, (6) a minimum enrollment of 500 students for each MS, and (7) extensive integration through busing the 4-8 grade level (17,000 students). Ten million dollars of a bond issue were earmarked for the magnet school program. During the first year, more than 4,100 students attended four new magnet high schools; and during the second year, 6,000 students attended them. (A goal of 7,000 has been set.) Conclusions drawn were that students were enthusiastic about the career education approach to school, that previous experience with the Skyline Career Development school, a type of magnet school in the DISD, facilitated the plan and that reading and comprehension scores improved, some dramatically. Problems encountered were minimal parental involvement and difficulty in attracting enough whites to the schools. (VB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Texas (Dallas)
Note: Paper presented at the 1978 National Leadership Conference for Administrators of Vocational Education in Large Cities (Columbus, Ohio, April 16-20, 1978)