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A Set-up for Failure: Racial Inequality in Education


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It’s been almost a half century since the U.S. Supreme Court made the landmark Brown verses Board of Education decision, essentially ending legalized segregation in schools. Great progress was made in the Southeastern United States and other regions of the country during the 1960s and 1970s. But, a series of subsequent Supreme Court decisions in the 1990s and shifts in education policy at the federal, state, and local levels, have led to a trend that some observers are describing as “resegregation.”


Gary Orfield, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University; Jeannie Oaks, Presidential Professor of Education, UCLA; Tammy Johnson, director of ERASE – Expose Racism and Advance School Excellence, Applied Research Center; Bill Pratt and Ken Garcia-Gonzales, teachers in the Communication Arts and Sciences program at Berkeley High School;Meleia Willis-Starbuck, student at Berkeley High School;Patrick Suppes, director of the Education Program for Gifted Youth at Stanford University;John Lee Johnson and Herb Stevens, Racial Justice Now; Gladys Hunt, a former teacher’s assistant in South Champaign;Sascha Meinrath, member of a racial climate survey team.

For more information:

Civil Rights Project at Harvard University

Expose Racism and Advance School Excellence (ERASE)
c/o Applied Research Center – Oakland, California

Standford’s Education Program for Gifted Youth
Stanford University – Stanford, California

Racial Climate Survey Team
c/o Independent Media Center – Urbana, Ilinois

Author: Radio Project

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