ERIC Number: ED166315
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct-13
Reference Count: 0
Dallas School Desegregation: History and Precedents.
Beck, William W.
Since the 1954 Brown decision, Dallas residents have engaged in avoidance, resistance, legal battles and, finally, cooperation and compromise in the desegregation of Dallas schools. It now appears that Dallas is making some progress toward desegregation. Except for some segments of the black community, who felt they had been betrayed because of a remaining all-black subdistrict, the 1976 Dallas desegregation plan has received strong support from virtually every segment of the Dallas community. Although there is continued controversy over the pupil assignment plan and the effectiveness of magnet schools, the number of one-race schools in Dallas has been reduced by over 50 percent in a two-year period. Present trends in Dallas, however, make the future of Dallas schools uncertain. Several individuals believe that "freedom of choice" coupled with quality education are more important than complete integration and the elimination of one-race schools. There is also a concern about retaining or regaining support of the middle class and about the role of the community in enacting urban school changes. In addition, despite numerous innovative approaches and significant desegregation progress, the trend persists that Dallas Anglos often have different perceptions of their schools than do either blacks or Mexican-Americans. (Author/EB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Texas (Dallas)
Note: Paper presented at the Texas Council for the Social Studies Annual Convention (26th, Corpus Christi, October 13, 1978)