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ERIC Number: ED407457
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 10
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Parent/School Relations in Crisis: Revisiting Desegregation in Riverside, California.
Studer, Susan Clark
The Riverside Unified School District, Riverside (California) experienced desegregation in ways that many school districts experienced it in the 1960s. It became the first city of its size (over 100,000) to implement a full-scale racial balance plan and implement it within 7 weeks. This study examines the successes and failures of desegregation through the eyes of those most heavily influenced by it, the students and families who participated at the inception of Riverside's desegregation. The extent of parent participation and parent attitudes about participation in the school system were studied through archival documents, review of previous studies, and 39 interviews with key personnel and interested parties including parents and involved community members. Findings indicate that parents from both majority and minority families were surveyed at the time of desegregation, but they were not included in the actual decision-making process. School personnel and parents agreed that parents were invited to participate in their children's new schools, but neither majority nor minority parents felt welcome at the new school, and most felt it was too far for them to go to participate. Parents generally thought that the experience had been beneficial for students, and they generally thought that their lack of participation had not been detrimental to their children's success because the desegregation allowed greater opportunities for later success. (Contains 23 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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