Department of Education OCR Reviews Texas Higher Education

Top Story of 1997:

By Greg Moses

(August 20, 1997) Officials from the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education are undertaking a major review of higher education in Texas, to determine if the state is in compliance with its legal obligation “to eliminate all vestiges” of segregation.

The review is the first major study of Texas higher education undertaken by OCR since 1978-79. At that time, OCR concluded, “that the State of Texas has failed to eliminate the vestiges of its former de jure racially dual system of public higher education, a system that segregated blacks and whites” (Brown 1981, p.3).

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