Brown at 60: Great Progress, a Long Retreat and an Uncertain Future

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Civil Rights Project at UCLA to Release New Report on Education Segregation

WHAT:     As we commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, On May 15th, Gary Orfield, Co-Director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, will lead a conference call presenting the findings of a national report that examines the large patterns of racial and ethnic transformation in American schools, and will provide evidence on whether we are going forward or backward in realizing the goal of the Brown decision.

WHO:     Gary Orfield, Ph.D.
                Co-Director, The Civil Rights Project at UCLA
                Professor of Education, Law, Political Science and Urban Planning at UCLA

                Erica Frankenberg
                Assistant Professor, Department of Education Policy Studies
                College of Education, Pennsylvania State University

WHEN:         10:00am EDT Thursday, May 15, 2014

DIAL IN:         559-726-1300 Password: 589364#

WHY:     New national statistics show a deepening polarization and inequality in our schools. A half century of research shows many forms of unequal opportunity linked to segregation. Further, research also finds that desegregated education has benefits for educational and later life outcomes for students of all backgrounds.

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Jessica Epperly, jepperly(at)thewakemanagency(dot)com, 917-442-0537
Brian Franklin, bfranklin(at)thewakemanagency(dot)com, 703-201-3875


About the Civil Rights Project at UCLA
Founded in 1996 by former Harvard professors Gary Orfield and Christopher Edley, Jr., The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles is now co-directed by Orfield and Patricia Gándara, professors at UCLA. Its mission is to create a new generation of research in social science and law on the critical issues of civil rights and equal opportunity for racial and ethnic groups in the United States. It has monitored the success of American schools in equalizing opportunity and has been the authoritative source of segregation statistics. CRP has commissioned more than 400 studies, published more than 15 books and issued numerous reports from authors at universities and research centers across the country. The U.S. Supreme Court, in its 2003 Grutter v. Bollinger decision upholding affirmative action, and in Justice Breyer’s dissent (joined by three other Justices) to its 2007 Parents Involved decision, cited the Civil Rights Project’s research.

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