ERIC Number: ED180696
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Bridging the Gap: A Reassessment.
Squires, Gregory D.
This reassessment of a 1975 report on issues in Indian education and employment in the Twin Cities indicates that little progress has been made. Indians are less than half as likely to complete high school as the total Twin Cities' school population, they are three times as likely to be unemployed, and six times as likely to live in poverty. The income of Indian families is approximately one-half the income of other families. The most successful educational program has been the Indian scholarship program which currently enrolls 850-1000 students in college and vocational programs. Although substantiating data is not available, it appears that two alternative schools created to serve Indian students have lower dropout rates and greater parental approval than public schools and an effort to concentrate Indian students within specific public schools is meeting with success. While civil service practices such as Minneapolis'"rule of one" and the maintenance of "promotion only" jobs in St. Paul perpetuate the effect of prior discriminatory employment practices, new policies have opened employment opportunities in the Federal Government and the Minneapolis public schools. The Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) has placed Indian jobseekers. Recommendations include establishment of alternative Indian education programs, Indian studies curriculum, accurate assessment of educational programs, recording Indian labor force data, active recruitment of Indian employees, and development of a formula to encourage state departments of employment services to more actively place minority job seekers. (NEC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adjustment (to Environment), American Indian Education, American Indians, Civil Rights, Culture Conflict, Disadvantaged, Dropouts, Educational Programs, Employment Patterns, Evaluation, Federal Programs, Government Role, Minority Groups, Opportunities, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Social Problems, Socioeconomic Influences, Urban Areas
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, St. Paul.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota (Saint Paul)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Comprehensive Employment and Training Act