ERIC Number: ED336461
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Town Meetings. Occasional Paper Number One.
Davidson, Mary E.; And Others
During the 1983-84 school year the Office of Equal Educational Opportunity (OEEO) of the Chicago (Illinois) Board of Education organized 11 Desegregation Town Meetings to enlist parents and citizens in carrying out a court-mandated school desegregation plan. The meetings provided the following information: (1) the priorities of the desegregation plan; (2) the functions of the OEEO; (3) the relationship of parents to the local schools; and (4) the allocation of OEEO funds. Each meeting included presentations on several of the following topics: (1) effective schools; (2) magnet schools/student transfers; (3) finance and budget; (4) bilingual education; (5) affirmative action; (6) special education; (7) the High School Renaissance Program; and (8) the Uniform Discipline Code. Audience size varied according to the location of the meeting, and the racial composition of the audience generally reflected the racial composition of the respective neighborhood. Questions and comments from the audiences reflected the problems of the particular districts. An observer who attended 10 of the 11 meetings reported that all of the panelists at all of the meeetings were well-prepared and that informational packets were distributed at every meeting. Problems included the failure to provide a translator and information packets in Spanish at a meeting in a predominantly Hispanic American neighborhood, the inability of panelists to answer some questions, and the difficulty of drawing large audiences. Statistical data are presented in two tables. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chicago Public Schools, IL. Monitoring Commission for Desegregation Implementation.