ERIC Number: ED288930
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov-22
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Desegregation: The Urban America Perspective.
Briggs, Paul W.
The most important education issue in terms of the volume of court cases and the impact on education has been racial isolation in schools. For decades the thrust has been on integrating the schools, but this goal has not been accomplished. Desegregation efforts have been frustrated and the problem of providing a quality education for all students is becoming more serious. Since American history shows that public education contributed positively to the quality of democracy in this country, it is imperative that more efforts be made to solve these problems. Successful efforts to desegregate government, public accommodations, and trade unions suggest that schools can also be desegregated. Even within education there have been successes on the level of teaching staffs and governing boards. Among recommendations for achieving the same kinds of desegregation among students are the following: (1) assure a good representation of minority staff in each school; (2) improve the quality of city life; (3) raise the level of state funding; (4) establish more magnet schools and place them so that a racial mix can be achieved; (5) develop a multicultural curriculum; (6) foster linkages between schools, businesses, and universities; and (7) develop sports and cultural programs which will bring ethnic groups together. (VM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the National Organization on Legal Problems of Education (32nd, Las Vegas, NV, November 22, 1986).