ERIC Number: ED313467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
A Report on Racial/Ethnic Equity and Desegregation in Connecticut's Public Schools. Prepared for Presentation to the Connecticut Board of Education.
Connecticut State Dept. of Education, Hartford.
Demographic trends are developing in Connecticut that show increasing racial segregation and divided educational facilities in contiguous urban and suburban school districts. Racial balance on a statewide basis is not sufficient to counteract the effects of the growth of the state's minority populations, the residential clustering of racial/ethnic groups in the cities, and the move of whites to the suburbs. By 1990, the statewide student population will be comprised of 25 percent minorities, with a decline in the Black population and a sharp increase in the Hispanic population. By the year 2000, urban districts are projected to be comprised of 40 to 70 percent minorities. The Connecticut State Board of Education has rigorously monitored racial desegregation laws since 1980 but has been unable to provide a racially integrated environment that fosters academic achievement. Recent litigation in Missouri, Indiana, Virginia, and Ohio indicates that states should develop interdistrict collaboration to fulfill their responsibility to desegregate. The following recommendations are suggested: (1) the state should promote the concept of "collective responsibility" for integrating the public schools; (2) the state should make available financial incentives to encourage school districts that plan and implement voluntary programs that advance quality, integrated education; (3) the State Department of Education should provide technical assistance to school districts to develop and implement plans to achieve and maintain integrated schools; and (4) the State Department of Education should undertake planning with other agencies responsible for housing, transportation, and other factors that can help promote integration. Statistical data are included on two tables and seven graphs and maps. A list of 28 references is appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Connecticut State Dept. of Education, Hartford.
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut