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Brown v Board of Education

David and Goliath: A Blueprint for Reforming American Education?

Curtis Valentine | Posted 03.28.2014 | Education
Curtis Valentine

The frustration surrounding America's inability to "fix" our education system to outperform the world highlights what Gladwell calls "the limits of power."

Joy Resmovits

The Nation's Most Segregated Schools Aren't Where You'd Think They'd Be | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.26.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- The nation's most segregated schools aren't in the deep south -- they're in New York, according to a report released Tuesday by the Univer...

Voices That Deepen Our Thinking and Work in the Struggle for Educational Justice

Donna Nevel | Posted 02.04.2014 | Education
Donna Nevel

I have highlighted these individuals and groups because I believe their contributions and work are valuable for any movement that strives for educational justice, for self-determination, and for true transformation.

Joy Resmovits

Minority Families Join GOP Politicians To Fight U.S. In Court | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics

School vouchers, a controversial system for funding private schools with public dollars, are aligning a group of minority Louisiana parents with promi...

Alison Stewart's History of D.C.'s Dunbar High School and Its Future

John Thompson | Posted 11.05.2013 | DC
John Thompson

Alison Stewart's First Class is the history of the rise and fall of Washington D.C.'s elite Dunbar High School. It tells a story that cannot be ignored if we really believe that school improvement can be the civil rights movement of the 21st century.

Segregated Education in Desegregated Schools: Why We Should Eliminate "Tracking" With "Gifted and Talented" for All

Alan A. Aja | Posted 08.17.2013 | Black Voices
Alan A. Aja

While more students generally attend racially and economically diverse schools, it is no secret that our schools are anything but unitary.

Exposing the New Plessy v. Ferguson

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Kevin P. Chavous

Thirty years after the landmark 1983 education report, "A Nation at Risk," we spend twice as much on K-12 education. Not surprisingly, the educational outputs of our children are virtually the same as they were 30 years ago, particularly for low-income children of color.

Brown V. Board Of Education Plans Thought-Provoking Anniversary

AP | Posted 05.16.2013 | Black Voices

TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Brown v. Board of Education National Historic site will display a black doll used in a series of famous race studies to mark the 5...

'Maryland, My Maryland'

Sanford Jay Rosen | Posted 07.08.2013 | DC
Sanford Jay Rosen

I understand the demographics that changed Maryland into a solidly progressive "blue" state, and those that morphed Georgia and Texas into solidly conservative "red" states, but I still have to square the Maryland of today with the Maryland in which I lived in the 1960s for seven years.

Why Gay Marriage May Hinge on One Footnote

William D. Blake | Posted 06.09.2013 | Gay Voices
William D. Blake

To a lot of people, it may seem downright strange that a Supreme Court justice is asking how social scientists would project the impact of their potential ruling. As a social scientist myself, I find this an interesting phenomenon, of which there is quite a history.

The Supreme Court and Marriage Equality

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Justice Roberts has demonstrated that he understands that as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court he has a responsibility not just to his own ideological views, and interpretation of the constitution, but to the institution of the Court as well.

Why a Gay Marriage Backlash Is Unlikely

William D. Blake | Posted 05.29.2013 | Gay Voices
William D. Blake

Few pundits think that the justices will legalize gay marriage across the board, if for no other reason than the Court's anxiousness over a potential backlash from the public. I believe these fears the justices may hold are misguided.

Marriage Equality in the Hearts and Minds of LGBT People

Robert Kertzner | Posted 05.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Robert Kertzner

Marriage equality is not just about civil rights, it's about mental health. The denial of civil marriage to lesbians and gay men is a striking example of discrimination that contributes to well documented mental health disparities between heterosexual and sexual minority persons.

LOOK: Black History Photo Of The Day

Posted 02.05.2013 | Black Voices

A picture is certainly worth a thousand words. And what better way to celebrate Black History Month than by taking a moment to acknowledge the snapsho...

NAACP Launches Biggest Education Push Since Brown v. Board Of Ed

AP | SUZANNE GAMBOA | Posted 02.05.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON — The NAACP is going on the offensive on education, deploying volunteers across the country in its biggest push for a public educatio...

A Dream That's Dying

Amanda Lewis | Posted 12.01.2012 | Education
Amanda Lewis

Fifty years ago today, James Meredith made his way across the University of Mississippi campus through mobs of enraged whites. His offense? Daring to enroll at the historically white institution. Sadly, the integration Meredith and many others risked their lives for still does not exist in schools in the U.S.

The Racial Divide: Will It Widen Or Close?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.31.2012 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

We are once again at a critical turning point for our children and nation. Despite all the harsh lessons of the past and all the lofty rhetoric about who we want and need to be as a 21st century multicultural nation in a multiracial and multicultural world, we’re heading in the wrong direction.

The Olympics & American Politics

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

Of course the individual athletes who won the medals deserve the credit for their achievements. But many of them never would have had the opportunity to develop their individual talents to the Olympic level had it not been for sensible, needed government actions.

Addressing School Segregation All Year Round

Richard D. Kahlenberg | Posted 08.14.2012 | Education
Richard D. Kahlenberg

May tends to be the one time of year that the press pays attention to the growing segregation, by race and class, of American public schools, which is why, here in the month of June, I defiantly assert that the issue of school segregation is of pressing concern all year long.

Making Schools Work

Dr. Lawrence M. Schall | Posted 07.21.2012 | Education
Dr. Lawrence M. Schall

That's the title of David Kirp's opinion piece in this Sunday's New York Times. I'll begin with his punchline: School desegregation has been proven to...

Fighting for Brown v. Board of Education on Its 58th Anniversary

Doug Kendall | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
Doug Kendall

The conservative majority on the Roberts Court is weaponizing Brown vs. Board of Education to attack the very civil rights statutes that are essential for moving the 14th Amendment's guarantee of equal protection toward fruition.

The Case for Same-Sex Marriage: Striving for the Moral Absolute of Equality

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 07.15.2012 | Politics
Menachem Rosensaft

Let's assume a presidential candidate had come out against interracial marriage. How many of us would be inclined to vote for him or her? Until 1967, supporters of such a ban used pretty much the same theology-based arguments their ideological heirs use today to rail against same-sex marriage.

Marriage Equality: Our Rights Are Not Up for Debate!

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While many of our political leaders debate issues of marriage equality, I do not believe that the rights of minoritized people should be up for debate and should be settled on in the voting booth.

The Wrong Approach to Fixing No Child Left Behind

Raul González | Posted 05.04.2012 | Latino Voices
Raul González

It is time that the ESEA were treated once again as a civil rights law focused on bringing excellent schools into every community.

Judges Should Stop Giving Deference to School Officials

Adam Goldstein | Posted 02.11.2012 | Education
Adam Goldstein

It is time to end this bizarre practice that assumes judges who are competent to decide whether a man lives or dies for his crimes are incompetent to decide whether a school administrator crossed a line in a strip-search.