ERIC Number: ED040939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Statement of the United States Commission on Civil Rights Concerning the "Statement by the President on Elementary and Secondary School Desegregation."
National Education Association, Washington, DC. Center for Human Relations.
In this statement the Commission criticizes the President's distinction between de jure and de facto racial segregation, pointing out that many present situations of de facto segregation are the result of previous legal action, such as decisions on school boundary lines, racial zoning ordinances and judicial enforcement of racially restrictive covenants. The Commission also states its opposition to a return to litigation as a means of enforcing desegregation rather than administrative enforcement through Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It emphasizes the traditional role of the school as a socializing force and takes exception to the President's comment that it is asking too much of the school to play this role. The Commission also discusses the ideas of busing and"neighborhood schools," noting that the important factor is the quality of the education that children receive, and not where they are educated or how they get there. In its conclusion the Commission emphasizes the need for strong national leadership in encouraging maximum efforts toward desegregation. (RT)
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Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC. Center for Human Relations.