Source: Diane Rehm Show, May 15, 2014
This week marks the sixtieth anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown-versus-Board of Education. The court ruled that school segregation was unconstitutional. By the 1970s, many schools were integrated. But over the last twenty years, judges have released hundreds of schools from desegregation orders. Now many African-American children attend majority-black schools at levels not seen in four decades. And civil rights lawyers say black and hispanic students are disadvantaged in other ways – such as being disproportionately suspended. In the next hour we’ll discuss racial integration and equal opportunity in public schools today.
Dennis Parker director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Racial Justice Program
Catherine Lhamon assistant secretary, Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
Jesse Register director, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
David Armor professor emeritus, School of Public Policy, George Mason University