Education professors Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig and Dr. Jennifer Jellison Holme examined school-level Texas Education Agency (TEA) data to determine the level of school segregation experienced by the rapidly growing English Language Learner (ELL) population in Texas and looked at the relationship between levels of segregation and the performance of schools on the state accountability system. Their article, “Nearly 50 Years Post-Jim Crow: Persisting and Expansive School Segregation for African American, Latina/o and ELL Students in Texas” was published in Education and Urban Society in May.
Heilig was quoted in a story posted on the College of Education web site by Kay Randall: “Our research revealed that schools where students are segregated by race/ethnicity, SES and language are overwhelmingly rated as low-performing.” According to Heilig, the schools are staffed with some of the lowest-skilled teachers, and teacher and principal turnover tends to be high as well.
Heilig is a DDCE faculty fellow. He has been involved in conducting mentoring research with Dr. Richard Reddick that is helping shape the division’s African American male mentoring initiative.
Read more about Heilig and Holme’s research on the College of Education web site.