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Bridging the Divide: School Integration Designs


Bridging the Divide: School Integration Designs

Bridging the Divide: School Integration Designs

Our nation is struggling with a serious and deepening racial divide that we must bridge to preserve our democracy. We seem to be moving further away from, rather than toward the promise outlined in the seminal case of Brown v. Board of Education: to ensure that all children, regardless of race or ethnicity, have access to quality educational opportunities. On February 28th, please join us for a forum that will examine where we stand today with regard to realizing educational equity. This forum will feature experts who will share lessons learned from efforts to fulfill Brown’s promise. Experts will also analyze approaches being taken to ensure that school system design helps to prepare students to be effective participants in our diverse democracy.

The forum will feature the release of a new Learning Policy Institute report, The Federal Role and School Integration: Brown’s Promises and Present Challenges. The report highlights the significance and history of the federal role in promoting diversity in k-12 public schools.

Participants will identify policy levers and best practices for advancing diverse learning environments.


Donna Bivens, Boston Busing/Desegregation Project, Union of Minority Neighborhoods

John Brittain, Professor and Acting Dean, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law

Mohammed Choudhury, Chief Innovation Officer, San Antonio Independent School District

Linda Darling-Hammond, President, Learning Policy Institute

Nicole Dooley, Policy Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

Judith Johnson, Member, New York State Education Department Board of Regents

Richard D. Kahlenberg, Director of K-12 Equity and Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation

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

Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Senator Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut), Member, Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee

Gary Orfield, Professor, University of California, Los Angeles; Co-Director, Civil Rights Project

Congressman Robert "Bobby" C. Scott (D-Virginia), Chair, Committee on Education and Labor

Patrick M. Shields, Executive Director, Learning Policy Institute

Amy Stuart Wells, Professor of Sociology and Education, Columbia University Teachers College

 Additional speakers to be added.

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