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25 years ago: Group studies disparities in Lawrence schools

December 7, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 7, 1987:

The Equity Council of the Lawrence school district, which had first started examining problems in schools about 18 months earlier, was beginning to turn its focus to the city's 17 elementary schools. Council members were acknowledging disparities among the various schools, starting with the buildings themselves, which varied greatly in age, ranging from the classrooms in the older section of Cordley School, which had been built about 72 years earlier, to the newest ones in Quail Run School, which was still under construction. Differences also existed between the parent-teacher groups of various schools, with some groups better able than others to raise funds for "extras" for their schools. Disparities also existed in the percentages of pupils from low-income and minority families. For example, about 48 percent of the 157 students at New York School represented various minority groups, while minorities constituted only 4.7 percent at Wakarusa Valley School.

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