By Kfir Mordechay (click here for the PDF) Since the Supreme Court ordered the desegregation of American schools in 1954, the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education has yielded both progress and disappointment. The unanimous ruling not only started the process of eliminating de jure racial segregation in education, but also set the precedent for removing the same barriers to … [Read more...] about “Gentrification, Demographic Change, and the Challenges of Integration” by Kfir Mordechay (Jan-Apr 2021 P&R Issue)
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PRRAC strongly supports federal, state and local efforts to increase racial and economic integration in K-12 education. We do this work primarily with and through the National Coalition on School Diversity (NCSD), which we helped to found in 2009 along with former staff from the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute at Harvard Law School, and leadership of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the ACLU. Members of the NCSD Steering Committee include the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, PRRAC, ACLU, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, MALDEF, AALDEF, Kirwan Institute, NY Appleseed, UNC Center for Civil Rights, and the UCLA Civil Rights Project, along with a small group of prominent legal scholars. Since 2009, PRRAC has served as the primary staff and fiscal agent for the NCSD, with active support from many of the NCSD member organizations for specific advocacy campaigns, and volunteer contributions by members of the NCSD Research Advisory Panel.
By Derek W. Black (click here for the PDF) The original theory of America was quite radical. In a world ruled by kings and queens, our founders sought to turn political power over to average people. This new experiment in self-government depended on educated citizens. Without education, the founders feared democracy would devolve into mob rule and open doors to unscrupulous … [Read more...] about “The American Right to Education: The Northwest Ordinance, Reconstruction, and the Current Challenge” by Derek W. Black (Jan-Apr 2021 P&R Issue)
(Click here to view the entire PDF) Phil Tegeler (interviewing for PRRAC): We’re speaking today with Erika Wilson who is a law professor at the UNC School of Law. Erika’s article “Monopolizing Whiteness” will be published soon in the Harvard Law Review. In the article, Professor Wilson addresses the limitations of federal constitutional law in addressing school segregation, … [Read more...] about “Monopolizing Whiteness: An Interview with Erika Wilson” (Sept/Oct 2020 P&R Issue)
A NCSD Policy Brief (August 2020). Prepared by Jessica Mugler & Philip Tegeler (PRRAC). Excerpt: "Congress provided $16.2 billion in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for emergency relief to elementary and secondary schools. The CARES Act gives flexibility to governors and local education agencies (LEAs) to decide how to spend their … [Read more...] about Using CARES Act Flexibility to Address Systemic Educational Inequities & Bring Students Together (NCSD, August 2020)
A NCSD & PRRAC Policy Brief (May 2020). Excerpt: "State governments are in the best position to reverse the tide of increasing racial and socioeconomic segregation in our public schools if the political will is present. The federal government, through the Every Student Succeeds Act ("ESSA"), provides significant compensatory funding for lower-income schools in Title … [Read more...] about Model State School Integration Policies (NCSD & PRRAC, May 2020)