ERIC Number: ED408386
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Race Relations and Equal Education Opportunities at Proviso West High School.
Illinois State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Springfield.
The Illinois Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights prepared this report as part of its responsibility to advise on civil rights in Illinois and in response to an article about race relations at Proviso West High School, Hillside (Illinois) that appeared in "The New York Times." To study the racial climate and educational opportunities at the school, the Committee solicited the opinions of 45 students, 18 faculty and staff members, and some administrators, parents, and community members. The "Times" article described the school as a school built in the 1950s as an all-white school that was considered a model of educational opportunity. As the racial composition of the school became predominantly minority over the years, the economic status of the area declined, and residents of the community began to vote down school referenda. Following an introduction, the second part of this report gives background and demographic information on the school and community. The third part presents comments of student participants, and the fourth section contains the remarks of faculty and administrators. Part five presents the statements of parents and community members, and part six presents the Committee's observations and conclusions. It seems that a residual attitude of prejudice from parents and friends is found in the communities that feed students to Proviso West High School. It also seems that the students have learned to tolerate and ignore prejudicial behavior at school and among their peers as long as it is not directed towards themselves. Five appendixes contain the "Times" article, some supporting letters, and a statement from the article's author. (Contains 16 tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Springfield.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois