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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.

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Assembly Member Honors CTA Boys and Men of Color Program During Capitol Tour

(Photo above) Assembly Member Steve Bradford (D-Inglewood) introduces CTA member Keith Brown and his students to Dotson Wilson, clerk of the Assembly, during a Thursday tour of the Capitol.

Assembly Member Steve Bradford (D-Inglewood) welcomed 19 Bret Harte Middle School students and their teacher, Keith Brown, to the state Capitol on February 20. Brown, who is vice chair of CTA’s School Safety and School Management Committee, has been a leader in the CTA Boys and Men of Color program.

Backed by the California Endowment, the program aims to help increase the graduation rates of young men of color, who are at greatest risk of dropping out of school, as well as to help them succeed in school, career, and life.

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CTA Award Recipients Help Lead Fight for Equity and Human Rights

During the 2013 Equity and Human Rights conference March 1-3, 400 CTA members honored the efforts of their colleagues to fight discrimination and to champion respect for individual differences.

Twelve members received CTA’s 2013 Human Rights Awards honoring them for their outstanding commitment and dedication to advancing human rights and promoting quality education for all students.  Conference attendees also heard from national and state experts on issues ranging from countering campus bullying and developing  cultural competence skills to exploring the effects of unconscious bias in social relationships.

(At podium in photo above)  Kathleen Minck, the winner of one of 12 awards for outstanding efforts to boost human right and social justice, points to the peace symbol necklace given to her by her daughter to celebrate her CTA award.  Minck received the CTA Peace and Justice Human Rights Award, presented by CTA Pres. Dean Vogel, Secretary-Treasurer Mikki Cichocki-Semo, and Vice President Eric Heins, for her work helping to feed and educate children living in poverty in three foreign nations.

(At podium in photo left) Vallejo Education Association President Christal Watts brought to the dais other members of her chapter who were attending the conference to underscore the fact it was the entire chapter’s effort that led to the achievement.




(Photo at left) The other 2013 Human Rights Award Winners include Gary Leveque, of San Ramon Valley Education Association; Jorge Salas, of Travis Unified Teachers Association; Cliff Kusaba, of Teachers Association of Long Beach; Caroline Kris, of San Ramon Valley Education Association; Vanessa Perez, of Hart District Teachers Association; April Carmelo, of Shasta Union High School District; Pat Sabo, of Healdsburg Area Teachers Association; Katherine  Jordan, of Bakersfield Elementary Teachers Association; Jenny Chomori, of United Teachers Los Angeles; and Rebecca Harper, who as Chair of the San Gorgonio Service Center Council (San G), accepted the award for San G.

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