Restore funding for magnet schools! PRRAC joined the National Coalition on School Diversity in a letter to Congress urging restoration of funding for the Magnet Schools Assistance Program in the final budget bill. You can express your support for restored magnet school funding here – but act quickly, time is short!
Charter schools and gentrification: Phil Tegeler from PRRAC and Halley Potter from the Century Foundation co-authored an article in Shelterforce magazine this week reviewing recent research on the impact of charter schools in demographically changing neighborhoods and communities.
Challenging school segregation in Minnesota: Advocates have filed a lawsuit in state court challenging increasing school segregation in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region, and the state educational policies that contribute to racial and economic segregation. You can read about the case in the Star-Tribune, and see a copy of the complaint and plaintiffs’ statement here.
Fisher v. University of Texas: The briefs have been filed in Fisher II, the continuing challenge to the use of race in the University of Texas’ holistic admissions policy. In Fisher I (2013) the Supreme Court reaffirmed the basic holding of the Grutter case, permitting consideration of race in university admissions, but articulated a more refined standard of review, remanding the case to the District Court. The case is now back at the Supreme Court to determine whether the lower courts properly applied the new standard (the plaintiffs continue to argue that no race conscious considerations should be permitted). Arguments will be held on December 9th. Of particular interest: the amicus brief filed by the UCLA Civil Rights Project “on behalf of 823 social scientists,” and an amicus brief filed “on behalf of 53 Current Members of the Texas State Senate and House of Representatives.” (PRRAC also joined an amicus brief highlighting the international human rights precedents for consideration of race in college admissions)
Now available in paperback – America’s Growing Inequality: The Impact of Poverty and Race, edited by Chester Hartman.