ERIC Number: ED346182
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Crossing the Bridge to Equality and Excellence: A Vision of Quality and Integrated Education for Connecticut.
Connecticut Governor's Commission on Quality and Integrated Education, Hartford.
This report is the product of 17 months of research, consultation, and discussions; and it presents the views of the Connecticut Governor's Commission on Quality and Integrated Education. Connecticut has long acknowledged an affirmative responsibility to desegregate the public schools and guarantee educational quality for all students. The Commission found that the goal of "quality and intergrated education" currently is blocked by increasing racial isolation (i.e., the majority of Connecticut's students remain isolated from daily educational contact with students of other races and ethnic groups). Following its research into the dimensions of racial isolation in education in Connecticut and nationally, the Commission developed the following six findings: (1) educational opportunity cannot be addressed in isolation and public policy should be linked in the cooperative enterprise of removing barriers to achievement and of promoting the common ground that strengthens all in society; (2) a quality education requires an integrated student body and faculty and a curriculum reflecting the heritage of many cultures; (3) every student can learn at high levels from a quality and integrated education; (4) a need exists for communities to appreciate and support public education, and for families and the community to involve themselves in the education of Connecticut's youth; (5) every educator must be trained to teach a diverse student population and use a curriculum that incorporates and honors diverse cultural and racial heritages; and (6) Connecticut needs to attract and employ minority educators. For each finding, the Commission established a goal, indicators of success, and recommendations for achieving the goal. The report discusses each finding separately. Appendix A reports on commission activities from September 20, 1989, through December 31, 1990. Appendix B summarizes a public opinion survey of 750 citizens. Appendix C presents a 38-item list of sources. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Affirmative Action, Curriculum Development, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Excellence in Education, Minority Groups, Multicultural Education, Public Policy, Public Schools, Racial Discrimination, School Desegregation, Statewide Planning, Teacher Education, Teacher Integration
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Governor's Commission on Quality and Integrated Education, Hartford.
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut