ERIC Number: ED109295
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
Public Schools and the New Segregation Struggle. Equal Opportunity Review, August 1975.
This report argues that the struggle for racial justice in the public schools is taking on a new focus; that the issues have now become the treatment of minority students within "desegregated" systems and the use of suspensions, tracking, and unofficial exclusion to discriminate against these students. In no other area than that of suspensions has it been considered so easy for principals and teachers to take advantage of ambiguity in school rules and discriminate against minority children. Data from a Children's Defense Fund survey are said to show that, at the high school level, black students are suspended three times as often as white students, and Puerto Rican students, twice as often. Indefinite suspension, it is stated, is not the only way of forcing blacks out of the regular school system. An equally effective tactic is to place a suspended student in a "special" school within the system. Many school systems group students on the basis of standardized tests (often given during early elementary school) or teacher evaluations of academic performance, thus separating black and white students. It is noted that unofficial exclusion is the process by which school officials manage to keep non-white students out of "white" activities. For school officials anxious to combat this situation, any number of practical measures are held to be available. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.