ERIC Number: ED179669
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Equal Opportunity in the Fort Wayne Community Schools: A Reassessment.
Alford, Frank J.; DeWolfe, Ruthanne
Desegregation of the Fort Wayne, Indiana, schools has been a focus of concern since the 1960s. However, although Fort Wayne has successfully desegregated its secondary schools within the past 10 years, progress to eliminate racial isolation at the elementary school level has been considerably slower. The present study reviews that progress over the past two years. The data on which the report is based were obtained from written statements, letters, personal interviews, and telephone interviews with individuals knowledgeable about the community and its public schools. Additional information was drawn from testimony presented at a 1978 public hearing. The history of school desegregation in Fort Wayne is briefly outlined. The current desegregation climate is described, with a focus on the areas of school reorganization proposals, community response to these proposals, and the involvement of State and Federal agencies in monitoring and in the enforcement of desegregation statutes. Findings of the study are summarized in terms of student and teacher assignment, State directives and guidance, Federal involvement, and coordination between the Federal and State governments in the enforcement of civil rights laws. Recommendations concerning school reorganization, legislative repeal, the development of consistent legal guidelines, cooperation between State and Federal offices, and future investigation and data collection, are presented. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Indianapolis.
Identifiers - Location: Indiana (Fort Wayne)