ERIC Number: ED128518
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Fulfilling the Letter and Spirit of the Law. Desegregation of the Nation's Public Schools. A Report to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, August 1976.
Knorr, Frank, Ed.
This report contains the Civil Rights Commission's evaluation of school desegregation in a variety of school districts throughout the United States and is based on data obtained from commission hearings, State Advisory Committee to the Commission meetings, mail surveys to 1,291 school districts, and 900 indepth interviews in 29 school districts. Recent commission initiatives which resulted in data gathering included hearings and meetings in Boston, Denver, Tampa, Louisville, Berkeley, Minneapolis, Stamford, and Corpus Christi. The main body of the report focuses on and discusses such topics in relation to school desegregation as: the role of leadership, preparation of the community, restructuring of school districts, desegregation and educational quality, minority staff concerns, classroom integration, extracurricular activities, student attitudes, and discipline in desegregated schools. At the end of the evaluation, the report asserts that the one conclusion that stands out above all others is that desegregation does work. The commission recommends that the following be kept in mind if the "substantial progress being made in school desegregation is to be built upon": (1) leaders must accept that desegregation is a constitutional imperative; (2) the Federal government must strengthen and expand programs designed to facilitate desegregation; (3) there must be vigorous enforcement of laws contributing to the development of desegregated communities; and (4) a major of investment of time and resources must be made in order to deal with misconceptions relating to desegregation. (RJ)
Descriptors: Black Education, Blacks, Civil Rights, Civil Rights Legislation, Desegregation Effects, Desegregation Litigation, Desegregation Methods, Equal Education, Ethnic Groups, Failure, Integration Studies, Minority Groups, Program Evaluation, Public Schools, Racial Integration, School Desegregation, School Districts, Success
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.