Since the Supreme Court ordered the desegregation of American schools 60 years ago this week, the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education has yielded parallel progress and disappointment. Black student achievement has increased, but the minority achievement gap has persisted. Resources spent on black and white children have narrowed substantially, but their educational outcomes have not. Researchers have learned much more about why truly integrated schools matter. But since the 1970s, such schools have actually been disappearing, as low-income black children have watched the promise of Brown recede.
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