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ERIC Number: ED131964
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Desegregation in the South San Joaquin Valley.
Serrano, Rodolfo G.
Notably isolated from the large metropolitan centers by geography and predominantly agricultural in its economy, Kern County is California's third largest county in land area. About one-third of the county is situated on the flat valley floor at the extreme southern end of the San Joaquin Valley. The area relies heavily on Chicano and Black manual labor. The educational background and mean annual income is low. On a county level, the median income in the county is $11,925 and the median school years completed is 12.1. The disparity in educational attainment, type of employment, and income level for ethnic minorities is evident, and to the ethnic minorities, it is a continuing source of aggravation. This is a major problem because the minorities see it as a part of an unwritten plan that does not allow any possibility for their own betterment. To the Chicanos and Blacks in the area, employment is related to education which in turn is related to income. The issue of school segregation in this rich agricultural land has recently reached a new level of concern. This paper reviews the status of desegregation/integration in Kern County, identifies the desegregation problem areas in the county, and offers some suggestions for the improvement of this desegregation/integration problem area. (Author/NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Educational Equity Group.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California