Noel Resolution (Resolution Number 1490)
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RESOLUTION NUMBER 1490 PART I Policy 5100, Denver Public Schools, recognizes that the continuation of neighborhood schools has resulted in the concentration of some minority racial and ethnic groups in some schools and that a reduction of such concentration and the establishment of an integrated school population is desirable to achieve equality of educational opportunity. Therefore, in order to implement Policy 5100, the Board of Education hereby directs the Superintendent to submit to the Board of Education as soon as possible, but no later than September 30, 1968, a comprehensive plan for the integration of the Denver Public Schools. Such plan then to be considered by the Board, the Staff and the community and, with such refinements as may be required, shall be considered for adoption no later than December 31, 1968. PART II 1. The Board of Education is faced with a serious social crisis. We believe a majority of citizens of Denver have confidence in the ability of this Board to meet the complex, difficult and controversial issues involved in this crisis. However, the Board is aware of wide and deep distrust of its motives and actions by certain racial and ethnic groups, and individuals within those groups. It is accused of injustice, of perpetuating, without concern, the educational and social evils occurring with de facto segregation in schools. These groups have been promised much by society in general. Repeated failures of performance have alienated good friends, have created wide distrust of motives and have created an atmosphere where responsible leadership and concerned citizen support are being lost to the schools and to the community. We are increasingly aware of feelings of antagonism, of isolation, of hopelessness, of deep and unyielding bitterness, real and intense. These feelings are strongly held and are not subject to easy communication to those who do not have a similar background. The Board now states that its policy will be to eliminate distrust of its motives and performance by the minority community. 2. Also, the Board is aware of a different and widespread community distrust of Board motives and actions. This is evidenced by a substantial credibility gap, based on the fears of many citizens that their freedom of choice of home location and concurrent school selection is or will be threatened by proposed Board actions, particularly actions in the solution of the educational problems of de facto minority ethnic and racial segregation. The words "bussing", or "reverse bussing" (meaning the transportation of white children into minority populated schools), express the undefined fears of large numbers of Denver citizens that somehow the Board and its policies threaten deeply felt sensibilities. Here there is abroad in Denver a degree of distrust that is frightening in its intensity and has many ramifications. Expressions of such feelings are frequently prefaced by express denials of prejudice, racial or otherwise, and the Board accepts such denials at face value and as evidence of the existence of good will towards the minority communities of Denver. The Board recognizes that the voluntary support of citizens who presently hold such views is necessary to the proper functioning of the school system. -1-
|Title||Noel Resolution (Resolution Number 1490)|
|Creator(s)||Noel, Rachel B., 1918-2008.|
|Summary||Paper on the implementation of Policy 5100 from the Denver School Board to the Superintendent for the implementation of segregation in Denver Schools|
|Date||circa 1968 May|
|Notes||Item located in Box 1, File Folder 6|
|Physical Description||4 p.|
|Is Part Of||Rachel Noel papers, 1963-2000.|
Busing for school integration--Law and legislation--Colorado--Denver.
Noel, Rachel B., 1918-2008.
Denver Public Schools.
|Subject (geographic)||Park Hill (Denver, Colo. : Neighborhood)|
|Rights||Contact Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, Denver Public Library, Denver, Colo|
|Reproduction Available for Purchase||Yes|
|Place of Publication||Denver, (Colo)|
|Digital Origin||reformatted digital|