Education, the Great Equalizer

June 24th, 2014
Justice Department documents show its civil rights division is still a party to 43 school desegregation lawsuits against school districts in Alabama, 24 in Louisiana, 5 in Tennessee, 3 in Arkansas and 35 in Georgia.
School desegregation is still a major issue throughout the south, sixty-years after Brown vs. Board of Education was supposed to dismantle the "separate but equal" doctrine and practice. In Mississippi alone, forty-four school districts - the largest number in the Southeast - remain embroiled in lawsuits seeking to end decades of federal oversight. Legal battles over school desegregation have...
June 10th, 2014
In New Orleans, the complaint said, poorly performing schools with higher percentages of black students are more likely to be closed than schools with higher white enrollment. It also says white students are disproportionately enrolled at higher performing schools.
Are more black schools than white being closed as communities seek to set up more charter schools that are run by independent organizations? There are complaints against governing boards and agencies running public schools in Chicago, Newark and now New Orleans. Representatives of two community groups in New Orleans have called for the resignation of state Education Superintendent John White...
January 8th, 2014
A three-judge federal appeals court heard arguments for a second time in November 2014 week after the U.S. Supreme Court sent the case back for a closer look at the affirmative action case. Court observers believe conservative justices may be ready to reconsider past affirmative action decisions.
A federal appeals court is again judging the school's fairness and drafting a ruling that could change college affirmative action programs nationwide, sixty-seven years after the first lawsuit over who gets to attend the University of Texas. On one side, officials at the flagship campus in Austin insist they've developed a system that subtly includes race as one of seven factors for considering...
July 9th, 2013
College Prep
DETROIT (AP) - Joshua Thompson is part of Madonna University's incoming freshman class, but he and 24 other at-risk black males from Detroit schools will experience college and its challenges beginning with a special seven-week summer program. The program is part of Madonna's Bridging Lost Gaps and begins Sunday. It prepares inner city high school graduates, including black students and other...
April 29th, 2013
Urban Prep Educates Its Students Straight Into CollegeBy Glenn MinnisA Chicago public high school is not only beating the odds in terms of educating all its students, it’s giving concerned observers yet another layer to ponder in addressing the city’s ongoing gang and violence problem. Nestled in the heart of Englewood, one of the city’s most notorious and crime-ridden neighborhoods, for the...

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