ERIC Number: ED110530
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr-17
Reference Count: N/A
Distribution of Teachers and Professionals to Students in the Tri-County Area and Statewide.
This report explores some issues in the distribution of educational services to students in the tri-county area and Michigan as a whole. Specifically, it examines the allocation of two important indices of educational opportunity measured by the State Department of Education's Educational Assessment Program: classroom teachers per 1000 pupils, and professional instructional staff per 1000 pupils. First, it analyzes disparities in the provision of services to white and minority students in the State and tri-county area. Secondly, it explores the Constitutional implications of the distribution of these resources. Analysis and data are presented, it is asserted, which indicate that the Michigan system for providing certain important public education services, specifically teachers and professionals, delivers those services in a way that produces significant disparities between minority and white students. The legal analysis is considered to clearly demonstrate that such a system is constitutionally defective unless the State can show the disparity is the necessary by-product of furthering some compelling State interest. Consequently, it is argued, the present system for providing educational services in Michigan most probably violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Detroit Education Task Force, MI.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan