ERIC Number: ED427115
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun-15
Reference Count: N/A
Secret Apartheid III: Follow Up to Failure.
New York Chapter of Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, New York.
The New York Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) studies of public schools continue with this report on course work for gifted students and public middle school students in general. Fourteen ACORN volunteers made 52 visits to 28 schools studied in 1996. Findings from these visits and the review of school system documents show that black and Latino children are underrepresented in gifted programs throughout the New York City school system. Latino students are underrepresented in more than two-thirds of the programs and they are only overrepresented in a handful of schools. White students are twice as likely to be overrepresented in a program as African American students and more than eight times more likely to be overrepresented than Latino students. Five of the 10 schools receiving federal magnet funding have at least half of their white enrollment concentrated in their magnet programs. Twenty percent of the middle schools in the school districts studied did not offer Sequential Mathematics 1 and 52% did not offer the New York Regents Earth Science class. In the schools that did offer sequential math to eighth graders, the course was only available to one class of students. In many cases study volunteers had difficulty getting information from the schools, or even gaining access to principals and teachers. There is evidence that both accountability and standards have been abandoned in the treatment of students of color in the New York City Schools. The school district's survey about programs for gifted students is attached. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academically Gifted, Black Students, Disproportionate Representation, Equal Education, Hispanic Americans, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Minority Groups, Program Implementation, Public Schools, Student Placement, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
New York ACORN, 88 Third Avenue, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11217; Tel: 718-246-7900; Fax: 718-246-7929.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: New York Chapter of Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, New York.