On the 60th Anniversary of Brown vs Board of Education: Still Separate, Still Unequal
60 years ago, the Brown vs. Board of Education decision resulted in revolutionary changes in our nation, but today many say that if eliminating school segregation and inequity was the primary goal of Brown, it has failed.
Public schools in America are still largely segregated by race and income. This UCLA Civil Rights Project study warns that California schools are still segregated – and that the state’s schools are the most segregated in the nation when it comes to Latino students:
California has had an extremely dramatic increase in the segregation of Latinos, who on average attended schools that were 54% white in 1970, but now attend schools that are 84% non-white.
Education is the gateway to opportunity and that’s why educators are commemorating the 60th anniversary by leading efforts across the nation to focus attention on the unfinished agenda of Brown v. Board—ensuring meaningful educational opportunity for all of America’s students.
We’re on the cusp of a movement to address education opportunity gaps. These gaps are real. It depends on your ZIP code. It depends on the socioeconomic status of parents. It’s wrong and we need to build addressing this issue into everything we do. – NEA President Dennis Van Roekel
Multimedia: Still Separate, Still Unequal?
By the Numbers: Brown Vs Board of Education Then and Now