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ERIC Number: ED349148
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
American Indian Education in the Chicago Public Schools: A Review and Analysis of Relevant Data and Issues.
Cornell, George, Ed.
Chicago American Indian students are not experiencing an effective education in the public school system. Over the centuries, educating American Indians has been ineffectively handled by missionaries, federal institutions, and public schools. American Indian students are educated in public schools, Catholic schools, or in special programs such as the federal Title IV/V program, the Audubon Schools Project, or the Truancy Alternative Optional Education Program. Although the American Indian population in Chicago has increased since the 1950s, there is a lack of accurate data on American Indians because the Indian population is still relatively small (only .2% among the Chicago student enrollment) and relatively silent. Data show that enrollment clearly drops off before and during high school. The general achievement norms for American Indian students fall behind national norms, although achievement is greater in the Catholic school system. A cohort dropout rate for American Indians in Chicago in 1986 was reported to be 70.8%. American Indian children in Chicago have all the risk factors associated with poor school achievement. Recommendations include: (1) creating a position of Director of American Indian Education; (2) involving parents; (3) expanding intervention programs; (4) inservicing teachers; (5) evaluating federal programs and adult education programs; (6) hiring American Indian teachers and staff; and (7) studying the success of Catholic schools. The report contains numerous figures, maps, photographs, and tables. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Native American Educational Services, Inc., Chicago, IL.