1. What kind of impact did the case have on the district in
There was no instant impact on the district. Impact
occurred later. The desegregation plan did not occur at that time.
It could allow students to attend area schools.
2. What of impact did the
case have on the district financially?
No financial impact. It did not require any new
teachers, building, busing, or books.
3. Does the case still have
an impact on the district today?
Absolutely. When the case was revisited, the
district was required by the court to desegregate schools.
4. Do you know the
approximate racial make-up of the district during the time of the Brown vs.
Board of Education case?
No. Racial make-up of the district was the same as the
racial make- up of the city. African-Americans make-up approximately
11-12% of the district.
5. Do you know the
approximate racial make-up of today?
6. Is there a racial
balance among the schools within the school district now?
Yes. Average minority rate in district - 42%. No
school can exceed or be lower than 15% of that 42%.
7. Is there a way I could
get a hold of the copy that contains the racial make-up per schools for 1954 and
In the Demographics Office. The demographic
director is Brad Cox.
8. How has the addition of
the magnet schools affected the racial balance of the district?
Magnet schools were the main ingredient that allowed the
district to balance racially across the city. The districts closed 8
schools at that time.
9. Is there a racial
balance among the teachers in the district?
Yes. Demographics can provide this information.
The district maintains a certain number of minority teachers in each
10. Is there any consideration
given to the race of the teacher in regards to the school
assignment of that teacher?
If the schools are close to being out of compliance for
the racial balance. Race is not the sole factor used in hiring teachers.
11. Are test scores
balanced throughout the district in regards to race?
They are in high school.
12. As a Superintendent,
would you have handled anything different in 1954?
That is difficult to say. I would have handled it
differently based on the information we have today, but 48years ago the country
had its laws and the government was different.
13. If you had been a
parent in 1954, would you allow your child to be bused into the same
Bussing was not the issue at the time. Children
could not attend schools in their same neighborhood. I would not have done
anything differently. I would have had no choice, because of the law.
14. Are there any racial
problems affecting the district today?
They are not common.