ERIC Number: ED446160
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Reference Count: N/A
Equal Educational Opportunity for Hispanic Students in the Oklahoma City Public Schools.
This report results from a community forum on educational equity in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at which knowledgeable persons and school district personnel provided their perspectives on issues related to educational equity. Data from this forum reveal a serious problem in the large numbers of student suspensions at both the elementary and secondary school levels. The report also shows that different methods are used to count dropouts at the school district and state levels. The Advisory Committee on Civil Rights also received information about the use of waivers to exempt Hispanic students from taking the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. The school district claims that exclusion is for the benefit of limited English proficient students, but community advocates claim that the waiver is a form of discrimination that targets Hispanic students and does not allow the school district to assess their educational potential properly. Several presenters at the forum recommended that the number of bilingual teachers and bilingual school personnel be increased, the curriculum be improved, and that there should be more parental involvement, with the removal of barriers that hamper communications. Appendixes contain the conference agenda and a report on the testing data from one elementary school. (SLD)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Dropout Rate, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Hispanic American Students, Racial Differences, Racial Discrimination, Suspension
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Oklahoma State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, Oklahoma City.