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School Integration By Race & Class: A Movement Reborn?

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2017 | 12:00pm

Lunch will be served. Registration is required.

In American schools, the segregation of students by race and class and the inequalities of the education provided to those students are two inseparable strands of a single social, political and economic reality with deep roots in our nation’s history. It was the virtue of the Supreme Court’s historic 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education that it acknowledged this reality, and declared that by its very nature, separate schooling is unequal education that violates the United States Constitution.

During the late 1960s and 1970s, America made real progress in the desegregation of its public schools, and educational outcomes for students of color and students living in poverty improved as inequality lessened. But the Reagan administration initiated policies in the early 1980s that would lead to the resegregation of American schools, undermining the political will to continue down the often difficult but still rewarding road of integration. In the subsequent decades, elected officials have concluded that the further integration of American schools was not politically feasible.

In recent years, however, there have been signs of a resurgent grassroots movement to integrate schools. From a variety of perspectives, our panelists will examine the state of segregation by race and class in America’s schools, and the promising initiatives and practices that are emerging in the renewed movement to integrate America’s schools.


Gary Orfield, co-Director UCLA Civil Rights Project; Distinguished Research Professor, UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies

Johanna Josaphat, Founding Teacher, Unison School

John B. King, Jr., President and CEO, The Education Trust; former United States Secretary of Education

Ann Owens, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Southern California

Moderator: Rick Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow, Century Foundation

This event will not be livestreamed, but the video will be available on this page on June 8.

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