ERIC Number: ED052849
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Aug
Ethnic Isolation of Mexican Americans in the Public Schools of the Southwest. Mexican American Education Study.
Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Demographic characteristics and ethnic isolation of Mexican American students and staff in the Southwest are examined in terms of size and distribution of Mexican American enrollment, ethnic isolation of Mexican American pupils (by school and district), size and assignment of school staff, and school district administrators and school board members. Three basic findings were derived from this study: that (1) Mexican American public school pupils are severely isolated by school district and by schools within individual districts; (2) Mexican Americans are underrepresented on school and district professional staffs and boards of education; and (3) the majority of Mexican American staff and school board members are found in predominately Mexican American schools or districts. It was also found that (1) a considerable proportion of Mexican American students in the Southwest attend ethnically imbalanced schools; (2) the extent of ethnic imbalance does not differ sharply among New Mexico, Texas, California, Colorado, and Arizona schools; (3) 4 of the largest districts in the Southwest (Los Angeles, Denver, Albuquerque, and Tucson) account for a significant percentage of Mexican American students who are in schools having disproportionately high Mexican American enrollments; (4) although these large districts account for much of the imbalance, ethnic imbalance is not necessarily contingent on district size; and (5) the extent of imbalance is not influenced by the ethnic composition of the district. Included are 16 tables and 12 figures. (MJB)
Descriptors: Administrators, Boards of Education, Civil Rights, Cultural Isolation, Demography, Enrollment, Equal Education, Ethnic Distribution, Governing Boards, Mexican American Education, Mexican Americans, Social Isolation, Teachers
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 ($1.00)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.