ERIC Number: ED387567
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Still Separate, Still Unequal? Desegregation in the 90's. Urban School Board Members Respond.
National School Boards Association, Washington, DC. Council of Urban Boards of Education.
Deliberation about school desegregation today is increasingly linked with concern about the patterns of deteriorating race relations, escalating intolerance, school violence, and hate crimes. A survey was conducted of urban school board members and administrators to determine their perceptions and beliefs regarding school desegregation and race relations. Two hundred individuals and 103 school districts responded. Eighty-five percent of all respondents agreed that racial balance in public schools is of critical importance to a diverse society. Seventy-eight percent of responding districts reported that they were still actively pursuing desegregation and racial balance. A majority of respondents felt that racial balance was important for both minority and majority group students. However, 66 percent of respondents said that minority students can receive a quality education in segregated schools if the instruction and resources are of high quality. Nearly one-third of respondents thought that desegregation had become immaterial in their school districts because the enrollment had become so overwhelmingly minority. Survey respondents persevere in their desegregation or racial balancing efforts, and they want more support from the federal government. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School Boards Association, Washington, DC. Council of Urban Boards of Education.