ERIC Number: ED083260
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Reference Count: 0
An Interim Evaluation of the Burroughs-Clinton Busing Program; Minneapolis Public Schools.
Hough, Leaetta M.; Hellervik, Lowell W.
In the Fall of 1970, a voluntary, one-way busing program of 59 white students was initiated from the Burroughs Elementary School Area to the Clinton Elementary School. An independent research agency was contracted to evaluate the program. Areas being investigated are attitudes of parents, teachers and students; school attendance; school climate; and scholastic achievement. Results thus far are generally favorable, although some negative effects are suggested. Among the positive findings are the parents' reports that their children like school more, increased school involvement of parents, enthusiasm for the project by the parents and teachers, and improved attendance for both bused and nonbused students. Negative findings suggest that bused students were a less cohesive group than nonbused students, perhaps attended a more "competitive" school, felt more friction existed at school than did nonbused Burroughs students, and perhaps were less satisfied than nonbused Burroughs students. Some of these negative findings were inconsistent with results from parent and teacher interviews. Some of the inconsistency may be due to the use of the nonbused Burroughs students as a comparison group, which assumes that prior to the busing program, the bused students were no different from the nonbused Burroughs sample. If this assumption is wrong, the results of the questionnaire comparisons are not valid. Scholastic achievement data were not available. (Author/KM)
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Authoring Institution: Minneapolis Public Schools, Minn. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.