ERIC Number: ED104973
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Resistance and Support for School Desegregation Proposals: A Study of Parental Reactions in Rochester.
Lang, Gladys Engel
The failure of the Rochester School Board in March 1967 to adopt a comprehensive program of school desegregation surprised many observers. On February 1, 1967, Superintendent Goldberg broadcast four desegregation plans to the public, and on March 16, 1967 the school board voted three to two against all four desegregation plans and adopted instead a plan of increased open enrollment coupled with compensatory education in the inner-city schools. A few weeks after the plans had been made public, the center research team sent a mail questionnaire to all parents previously interviewed. Of 421 parents, 106 answered the mail questionnaire. Parents were asked about (1) their exposure to the public presentations of the four plans; (2) the degree of their participation in the discussion that followed; (3) how informed they were about the plans; and (4) their attitudes toward school desegregation per se and toward the four plans. In what follows, we first include summaries of four plans presented to the school board, then present the relevant findings from an intensive interview study of 421 Rochester parents undertaken in the fall of 1966 and a followup mail questionnaire meant to tap responses of these parents to the plans presented to the board at the beginning of that month, pointing out, wherever possible, the implications of what we have found. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Urban Education, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York