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ERIC Number: ED211729
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 81
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational Education in the Atlanta Schools.
Urban, Wayne J.; Starratt, Charles A.
A study focusing on vocational education in the Atlanta schools reveals that while vocational education in the Atlanta public schools has a long history, full-fledged job training was quite late in coming to Atlanta's high schools. With the onset of desegregation in the mid-1960s, several new projects were initiated to enhance vocational education on the elementary and secondary levels. However, statistics affirm that even today vocational education should be a stronger alternative for Atlanta's students than it is. Among the reasons for this state of affairs are the following: lack of uniform and adequate procedures for hiring and training teachers; lack of federal, state, and local agreement over the immediate purpose of vocational education in high schools, and segregation of vocational programs in inner-city areas. In addition, female and black enrollment statistics and local administrator and teacher attitudes reinforce skepticism of the the state's commitment to sex and race equity. On-site visits to several Atlanta schools and interviews with school teachers and administrators support the notion that while vocational education programs get a fair share of Atlanta's educational budget, they do not get full support in terms of recognition and leadership. (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC. Educational Policy and Organization Program.
Authoring Institution: Georgia State Univ., Atlanta.
Identifiers - Location: Georgia (Atlanta)