ERIC Number: ED248308
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Serving the Unserved: The Historical and Legal Context. ECS Working Paper LEC-83-18.
This paper reviews the historical and legal context of the drive for greater equity in education, with a focus on racial equality. An overview of other papers in this series is also presented. The conclusion is drawn that although considerable progress has been made in achieving greater racial equity in education, much remains to be done. Blacks have faced the greatest inequality historically, and efforts to correct this imbalance have met with the greatest opposition. Blacks today, however, are less likely to attend segregated schools than are Hispanics, the largest of the new immigrant groups. Hispanics historically have faced discrimination in education in the United States, and new immigrants face isolation due to poverty and lack of English language skills. The need for addressing their language needs, however, cannot justify any permanent segregation. While the Federal role has been important in the past, a new era of State leadership seems imminent. Thus, virtually all the States have adopted policies to address inequities in the schools. Some have exceeded the Federal government's, although some are weaker. States, however, may be in a better position to bring about lasting and sensible solutions to educational inequities. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Historical Materials; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Law and Education Center.
Note: For other papers in this series, see UD 023 787-792.