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KOSA-TV - Desegregation in Odessa Schools (1980)

University of Texas of the Permian Basin

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  •  The school board denies desegregation plan for Odessa schools 
  •  U.S. Justice Department asks board for a new plan by Fall 
  •  Board has begun looking into a transportation system for students in transfer program 
  •  Board is continuing to work on a desegregation program 
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This short news clip features an anchor reporting on Ector County Independent School District’s efforts to create and implement a desegregation plan for Odessa schools. Although legally desegregated by the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision, in 1970, ECISD came to the attention of the Supreme Court for noncompliance with that decision. The court ordered ECISD to submit a desegregation plan to allow access to bilingual education for students of immigrant families, integrate faculty and staff, provide transportation in a nondiscriminatory and non-segregative basis, ensure that transfers in and out of the district were allowed on a nondiscriminatory basis without reinforcing the dual school system, and desegregate in classroom, non-classroom and extracurricular activities. In 1980, ECISD continued to work with the Justice Department to develop a desegregation program for their community. This clip reports that ECISD decided against a cluster plan for schools offering bilingual education, but were working on a free transportation system for Odessa’s Minorty to Majority Transfer Program.