Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Timeline of the Desegration of the DeKalb County School District

As I was doing some research on another subject, I came across this very detailed timeline of the school desegregation saga within the DeKalb County School District. 

I was surprised to learn that were many "versions" of the Majority to Minority (M-to-M) program and the program actually began when I was a student:

"DeKalb’s “Majority-to-Minority” (M-to-M) program allowed students who were members of the majority racial group at their home school to transfer to a school in which their group was in the minority. It had been the primary tool for school desegregation since it had been implemented in 1972."

As a student, I never realized this program existed, most likely as the article states, the program was poorly advertised. 

And about those trailers and the creation of Junior High Schools, later Middle Schools....

Some efforts to improve conditions at the schools were made more complicated by the court decisions. The swelling student population necessitated the use of trailers as temporary classrooms at many schools, and plans were being drawn up for the construction of new buildings. But due to the earlier ruling in the Redan II case, the DCSS was obligated to consider the desegregative effect of all its decisions concerning facilities. Requests for new trailers had to be approved by the Biracial Committee.[61] 

In October of 1987, Superintendent Robert Freeman unveiled a six-year plan for reorganization of the county’s schools and construction of new facilities. The chief features of the plan included the construction of 11 new schools, the consolidation of high school attendance zones, and the creation of junior high schools (most of which would be housed in former high school facilities.)

After reading this timeline, I would argue that the courts bear some responsibility in the negative experience of desegregation in DCSS with their ever-changing mandates for the district. 

Anyway, for those interested in the history of DCSD, this article is an interesting review of that time period.

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