During the 1996-97 school year, almost 70% of the students assigned to
the CARE middle school were African-American. OCR 16, Bates No. 40.
Almost 60% of the students assigned to the CARE high school were
African-American according to data maintained by the District for the
1996-97 school year. OCR 16, Bates No. 40.
Students do not typically return to their home schools once admitted to
the CARE program. OCR 16, Bates No. 40.
2. District's Actions Post-Agreement
While Dr. Peterkin and Mr. Lucey have made several recommendations
addressing this issue, there is nothing in the record to show what steps
the District has taken in this regard.
J. Columbia (Stratton) Elementary School
The Columbia Elementary School was 92 years old when it was replaced in
1998 with the newly constructed Stratton Elementary School.*fn10
Columbia, and now Stratton, have a history of being racially
identifiable in that its student composition is largely
Between 1993 and 1998, African-Americans represented on average 36% of
the total Champaign elementary school population. During the period
between 1993 and 1998, African-Americans represented on average 78 % of
the Columbia Elementary School population. Columbia Report 30, Bates No.
Between 1993 and 1998, the African-American student enrollment
percentage at Columbia Elementary School was between 12% and 21% higher
than the stipulated maximum African-American student enrollment. Columbia
Report 2, Bates No. 552.
Columbia was identified, but not placed on, the Illinois Board of
Education Watch List for low academic achievement in 1997.
Given its large enrollment of African-Americans, the disparities that
exist in the District are magnified at Columbia/Stratton.
From 1993-97 African-Americans comprised 44% of the District special
education placements. For the same period at Columbia, African-Americans
comprised 72% of the special education placements. Columbia Report 30,
Bates No. 580.
African-American students attending Columbia Elementary School are
disproportionately represented among the lowest 10% in elementary school
student attendance rates for the 1997 school year. Columbia Report 7,
Bates No. 557.
In the 1995, 1996, and 1997 school years, respectively, only 0%, 1%,
and 3% of African-American students at Columbia were screened for gifted
classes. Yet, the African-American population at Columbia for this period
was between 58% to 78% African-American. Columbia Report 2, 13, Bates
Nos. 552, 563.
In the 1996, 1997, and 1998 school years, respectively,
African-Americans represented 1%, 3%, and 3% of the Columbia gifted
population. Yet, African-Americans represented 70-78% of the Columbia
student population for the same period. Columbia Report 2, 15, Bates No.
In the 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1997 school years, an average of 89% of
African-Americans at Columbia Elementary School participated in the free
lunch program. Columbia Report 4, Bates No. 554.
K. Staffing, Recruitment, & Hiring
1. Pre-Agreement Data
At the time of the Dr. Peterkin & Mr. Lucey Audit, Unit 4's hiring
appeared to operate without sufficient minority representation
in the hiring pools or screening teams and the school-based hiring
process did not systematically report or record reasons for rejecting
minority candidates recruited by the District. EEA 16, Bates No. 83.
At the time of the Dr. Peterkin & Mr. Lucey Audit, African-Americans
comprised approximately 10% of the teaching force but the
African-American student population exceeded 30%. EEA 79, Bates No. 146.