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Gompers Magnet School Found Still Segregated 6 Years After Opening
[San Diego County Edition]
Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Bernstein, Leonard
Date: Mar 30, 1986
Start Page: 1
Section: Metro; 2; Metro Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

The study found that students from the Southeast San Diego community around Gompers-virtually all of whom are minorities-are clustered in standard classes and vastly under represented in the accelerated and upper-level courses that have given Gompers its prestigious reputation in math, science and computer education.

In 1983-84, 31% of Gompers classes were ethnically unbalanced "without a justified reason," compared to just 7.6% of classes districtwide, the study found. In 1984-85, 17% of Gompers classes were ethnically unbalanced.

Part of the reason for the separation is that Gompers is really two schools: a standard seventh and eighth grade junior high school for neighborhood children, and a magnet school for students in grades 7 to 12. Some resident children attend the magnet with white and minority children from around the city who are drawn to Gompers' math, science and computer curriculum.

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