ERIC Number: ED423352
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Reference Count: N/A
A Gathering Storm: How Palm Beach County Schools Fail Poor and Minority Children.
Carmona, Lisa A.; Wheelock, Anne; First, Joan
This report takes a hard look at the day-to-day workings of Palm Beach County (Florida) schools to explain why the systemic change model of Florida's current reform legislation is likely to fail the students in greatest need of improved schooling. The Palm Beach County School District is the 4th largest district in Florida, and the 15th largest in the nation. The students are highly diverse, with 52.5% White in 1997, 30.1% Black, and 14.81% Hispanic American. Data in this report show how different results in different schools are linked to the different conditions for learning in these schools. The report demonstrates that many school practices contribute to, rather than mitigate, the unequal economic and social conditions that characterize Palm Beach County. Although the schools are officially desegregated, many schools remain islands of racial isolation where low achievement is the norm, and the teacher turnover is very high in these schools. Ability grouping practices remain in place. The students who are most dependent on schooling are receiving the least effective schooling. Specific recommendations are made to improve achievement and equality in the Palm Beach County schools. An appendix discusses the rights of Limited English Proficient children, and a second appendix outlines the county school budget. (Contains 12 figures, 10 maps, and 6 tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Ability Grouping, Academic Achievement, Disadvantaged Youth, Diversity (Student), Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Minority Groups, School Desegregation, State Legislation, Tables (Data), Track System (Education), Urban Schools, Urban Youth
National Coalition of Advocates for Students, 100 Boylston Street, Suite 737, Boston, MA 02116; toll-free telephone: 800-809-6227; e-mail: NCASMFE@aol.com; World Wide Web: http://www.ncas1.org ($14.95; $5 for Palm Beach County parents and community organizations).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Coalition of Advocates for Students, Boston, MA.