ERIC Number: ED351120
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Early Childhood Education Issues in Texas: Implications for Civil Rights. A Summary Report.
Texas State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Austin.
The Texas Advisory Committee to the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights conducted a public forum and gathered information on the extent to which early childhood education programs have affected equal educational opportunities for minority students in Texas. The hearings were held in response to the failure of public education systems to meet the needs of minority youth and to research the documents discrepancies between minority students and other students in educational outcomes. Summaries of statements of 13 school superintendents and administrators, representatives of the state board of education, educational research experts, directors of parenting and early childhood programs, and other concerned individuals reveal the bleak picture of the status of minorities in Texas public schools. It is noted that dropout rates and achievement levels continue to indicate disparities in educational opportunities. The speakers agree that helping children and their families is a significant imperative in the process of overcoming discrimination and assuring equal educational opportunities. Recommendations included the development of: (1) public policy that is beneficial to families and children in poverty; and (2) strategies that assure that minority children enter into an appropriate, multicultural educational process. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Austin.
Identifiers: Commission on Civil Rights; Texas