ERIC Number: ED224640
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan-3
Reference Count: 0
Changes in the Racial and Ethnic Composition of Public School Students in Chicago: 1970-1980.
Salces, Luis M.
A descriptive analysis of changes in the racial and ethnic composition of the Chicago public school student population since 1970 was conducted. Data were drawn from annual reports prepared by the staff of the board of education. During the decade of the 1970's, the public school enrollment dropped by 119,182. This decrease was due primarily to a reduction in the number of white students and a smaller, but still substantial, decrease in the number of black students. Data also showed that Hispanics constituted the only segment of the student population that had experienced an increase during the past decade of 27,852 students or about 2,800 per year. This change was due primarily to a sharp increase of Mexican students. While in 1970 Puerto Ricans constituted the largest segment of the Hispanic student population, by 1980 Mexicans had become the largest group and the only segment still growing rapidly. An analysis of the distribution of Hispanic students in the 20 school districts indicated that there were only 2 districts where Hispanic students were in the majority, and they accounted for 38% of all Hispanic students in the city. Thus, it was concluded that most Hispanic students were in desegregated school settings. (Author/NQA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Illinois (Chicago)