ERIC Number: ED476061
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Grand Junction Report: Issues of Equality in the Mesa Valley.
Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.; Colorado State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Denver.
The Grand Junction Metropolitan Statistical Area is the fifth largest metropolitan area in Colorado and the 12th fastest-growing in the Southwest. Latinos make up approximately 8 percent of total population and 15 percent of school enrollment; these numbers are increased by migrant farmworkers and their families. In May 2001, a public forum was convened on civil rights issues in Grand Junction and western Colorado. The forum included panels of elected officials, college students, educators, attorneys, and law enforcement officials, as well as panels on community leadership, disability issues, criminal justice and legal issues, and community perspectives. Despite the optimistic outlook of civic leaders and the thriving economy, the socioeconomic divide has been persistent and casts a shadow over the state of equal opportunity in the region. Testimony consistently indicated that minority youth are not being well served in the public education and criminal justice systems. Problems include an alarming gap in student achievement, as well as disparities in school discipline and graduation rates, enforcement of the law, and criminal sentencing. Because of poverty, low wages, inadequate housing, lack of health care, and low educational attainment, many minority families, particularly migrant families, are unable to provide the support necessary to prevent the perpetuation of adversity in their children's lives. Recommendations are offered to local elected officials, the school board, Mesa State College, large employers, the criminal justice system, and service providers. Appendix contains data tables on the race of persons employed by local government, Mesa County Valley School District 51, and Mesa State College. (SV)
Descriptors: Community Attitudes, Community Problems, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Justice, Migrant Workers, Migrant Youth, Social Bias
For full text: http://www.usccr.gov/pubs/sac/co0403/gj.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.; Colorado State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Denver.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado