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School Integration Task Force (1976-1983) | Special Collections & University Archives

Name: School Integration Task Force (1976-1983)
Variant Name: ITF


Historical Note:

In 1967, a group of parents filed a class action lawsuit against the San Diego Unified School District for alleged inequalities of educational opportunities for students of all ethnic backgrounds.  This lawsuit became known as Carlin v. San Diego Board of Education.  In 1977, Judge Louis Welsh ruled that the school district must employ a voluntary integration plan to combat segregation.  As part of his ruling, Judge Welsh ordered the creation of the School Integration Task Force.  The court charged the task force with monitoring and evaluating the implementation and progress of the school district's integration plan.  The ITF would then make annual reports to the court at scheduled hearings.

Chief of Police, William Kolender, headed the 22-member task force.  It was divided into 5 committees, each of which dealt with a specific component of the integration plan.  These components included race/human relations, learning centers and exchange programs, Voluntary Ethnic Enrollment Program (VEEP), magnet programs, and any miscellaneous aspects that included topics not encompassed by the aforementioned components.  The Task Force assigned volunteer monitors to specific schools.  These monitors observed and evaluated classes, students, and specific integration programs.  They also interviewed school personnel and students.  In addition, Chief Kolender sent out a letter asking parents to give their opinions about the integration program and busing.  Many parents responded, most of whom opposed busing specifically and integration in general.

Note Author: Amanda Lanthorne





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