ERIC Number: ED236789
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Portland Public School System: From Panacea to Battleground.
An indepth account of the conflict around the education of black students in Portland, Oregon, begins with a summary of the history of segregated schools since 1867. The paper presents a multidimentional analysis of school segregation and integration. Educational statistics are cited illustrating that academic achievement of blacks, who today comprise 20 percent of the students in Portland's public schools, is very low. Concern over racial segregation in the city's public schools first surfaced in the early 1960's. Conflicts since that time up to the present have generated numerous committees and commissions, a student transfer program, desegregation plans, and accounts of institutional racism encountered by black students bused to white schools. The final part of the paper describes the Black United Front (BUF), which questions both the theoretical-juridical underpinnings and practical outcomes of busing. The BUF has demanded parent involvement in the education of children, in changes in the curriculum, and in selection of teachers and principals. (MLF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Black United Front; Portland School District OR
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society (25th, Tallahassee, FL, March 18-21, 1981).