A Tale of Two Schools : Exploring Race and Class Inequalities for Latino Students in the Salem-Keizer School District Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this study is to examine significant and persistent problems within the Salem-Keizer School District, particularly when comparing Douglas McKay High School to West Salem High School. Douglas McKay High School is one of the physically smallest schools in the district, with over 2000 students and has the highest percentage of Latino students with 65 percent Hispanic and 19% white (Salem-Keizer School District, 2015). Taking into account that in the U.S Latino students have the highest dropout rate with 32%, while dropout rates for White students have improved over the years, are reported at 9% (National Center for Education Statistics, 2015) This study examines significant federal and state grants related to education equality and success (Oregon Department of Education, 2015). Exploratory data analysis of secondary data verifies that race is a critical factor affecting high school success rates for Latino youth. Research reveals that there are primarily three reasons for the failure of Latino students at Douglas McKay High School. The first reason for failure is the existence of disparities in educational opportunities and achievements that are offered to Latino students who attend Douglas McKay High School. The second reason for failure is that federal and state grants awarded to the Salem-Keizer School District culminated with discrimination against Latino students. Finally, Latino students at Douglas McKay High School fail to thrive due to poor administration, boundary implementation, and subsequent student overcrowding. Research also reveals specific tactics used to repress the advancement of Latino students, and finds that Salem-Keizer School District enables the outcomes for Latino students at Douglas McKay High School.
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