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To Superintendent. L. A. Woods, State Dept. of Education, From W. J. Everitt, Pleasanton Public Schools, October 12, 1946.



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To Superintendent. L. A. Woods, State Dept. of Education, From W. J. Everitt, Pleasanton Public Schools, October 12, 1946.


PERALES, Alonso S., 1898-1960
SEGREGATION in education.
LATIN Americans
SEGREGATION in education--Law and legislation--United States.


Letter from W.J. Everitt to Superintendent L.A. Woods discussing the issue of overcrowding at the school in Pleasanton, Texas and the lack of teacher availability. Due to overcrowding in the Anglo-American classrooms and lack of teachers, the Latin American classrooms were combined. Requests advice if it is illegal to combine Latin American class rooms. Mentions the building of a separate Latin American School, which was turned down by the Latin American in the school.


Everitt, W. J.





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W.J. Everitt, Superintendent
Pleasanton, Texas

October 12, 1946
Supt. L.A. Woods,
State Dept. of Education,
Austin, Texas

Dear Sir;

On Sept. 25th. The Board of Trustees received a letter from Davis, Wright & Perales, Attorneys at Law in San Antonio, Texas together with a petition protesting against the segregation of the Latin-Americans from the Anglo-American children up to and including the sixth grade.

Until this year we have been putting the children all together in the fifth grade but allowing the brighter Latin-American children to enter even the fourth grade if capable of keeping up in their school work. This year we have the children together in the sixth grade but we had a peculiar situation in the fourth and fifth grades together with a class room and teacher shortage, In the Anglo-American fourth we have 42 children and the fifth 30 while the Latin-American fourth has 10 and the fifth 13; therefore with no additional teacher available we combined the Latin-American grades in the one remaining classroom.

I was approached on the arrangement of the Latin-American children and the party was invited to attend a Trustees meeting and discuss the matter but instead we have been presented with a petition which the board has not answered to date not knowing just what to do without space or additional teacher.

Sometime ago the trustees talked of building a separate Latin-American school but the Latin-Americans did not want such an arrangement. As far as I know they have always attended this one school and I cannot see that we are segregating them in the present arrangement.

We have voted a $75,000.00 bond issue for a new building to [Underlined - releave] our crowded condition but at the present time we have been informed by the CPA that the program will be turned down.

Please advise us in this situation. Is there a law forbidding us to do what has been done this year? In fact this district has provided more equal education for the Latin-Americans than any other school district in this County.

Thank you in advance for your aid in the above matter.
Very truly yours,
W.J. Everitt

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