ERIC Number: ED421565
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-14
Latino Communities: 1998 Perspective on School Desegregation.
Valverde, Leonard A.
To determine how Hispanic Americans in various professional roles prioritize the importance of school desegregation and its continuation, a brief survey was conducted with approximately 20 people in January 1998. The school segregation of Hispanic students has a long history in the United States, and Hispanics have waged efforts comparable to those of African Americans to desegregate public schools. A questionnaire was designed for the study containing three open-ended questions about segregation and one asking for suggestions. Nine responses were received, from researchers, school superintendents, professors, a lawyer, and a school trustee. The overall view, held by all respondents, was that school desegregation was no longer as high a priority as it was at its zenith, around 1966 at the time of the Keys case in Colorado. At that time, school desegregation was viewed by the Hispanic community as a major legal strategy to improve the educational experience of Hispanic students. Today, the strategy considered most likely to improve education for Hispanic students is the allocation of more resources through equitable funding. The respondents who were educators thought that efforts to improve funding and instructional practices should be pursued more aggressively. Although their focus has shifted, respondents continue to concentrate on the original purpose of desegregation, the improvement of education for Hispanic Americans. Teacher education and early childhood education programs were among the initiatives respondents thought should be the focus of new resource allocation. (Contains one table and eight references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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