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April 22, 2018

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Public Schools in Black and White
Last Featured: 1/14/2002

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Can separate ever be equal? It`s been more than 50 years since the U.S. Supreme Court`s decision in Brown versus Board of Education, yet our nation’s schools are still largely segregated by race. Is busing the best answer to ending racial segregation in America’s schools? ### Should student placement be colorblind or race conscious? Charlotte, North Carolina was the first city in America to integrate its public schools through mandatory busing. But now, the federal courts have lifted that desegregation order and the school district will no longer use race as a basis for student assignment. Is now the time for schools to abandon the dream of integration? What will that mean for racial equality in education?

john powell is the founder and executive director of the Institute on Race and Poverty which focuses on metropolitan equity issues such as concentrated poverty, education, economic viability and urban sprawl. The IRP is based at the University of Minnesota Law School where powell teaches civil rights law, property law and jurisprudence. From 1987 to 1993, john powell served as national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union. He is the co-editor of In Pursuit of a Dream Deferred: Linking Housing and Education Policies. He’s the editor of Dividing the Nation, Housing and Desegregation and the author of The Basic ACLU Guide to Racial Minority Rights.

Lino Graglia is a professor at the University of Texas School of Law where he has taught constitutional law, antitrust and civil rights law since 1966. Graglia has written widely on constitutional interpretation, race discrimination and affirmative action. He is the author of Disaster by Decree, The Supreme Court Decisions on Race and the Schools and The Supreme Court’s Busing Decisions: A Study in Government by the Judiciary. He has testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee several times on the subject of busing and school desegregation and serves on advisory boards for the Washington Legal Foundation and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.

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"Unfortunately, many Americans live on the outskirts of hope, some because of their poverty, some because of their color and all too many because of both. Our task is to help replace their despair with opportunity."

— Lyndon Baines Johnson, 1964

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Common Ground : A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families
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Disaster by Decree : The Supreme Court Decisions on Race and the Schools
by Lino A. Graglia
In Pursuit of a Dream Deferred: Linking Housing and Education Policy
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The Color of School Reform : Race, Politics, and the Challenge of Urban Education
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