Magazine article Poverty & Race

Reaffirming the Role of School Integration in K-12 Education Policy

Magazine article Poverty & Race

Reaffirming the Role of School Integration in K-12 Education Policy

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The November 13 Conference of the National Coalition on School Diversity, held at Howard University School of Law and co-sponsored by 14 national civil rights and research organizations, brought together more than 300 people from across the nation. The conference included parents, teachers, school administrators, local, state and federal officials, long-time civil rights advocates and community organizers. We engaged in a substantive, compelling dialogue with representatives from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE), the Justice Department, the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), Congressional staff and the White House Domestic Policy Council. We expressed our collective concerns about the slow pace of support for voluntary school integration in the new Administration. We feel that our concerns were heard. Now we must work together to ensure that the new leadership at USDOE goes beyond a mere rejection of the prior Administration's hostile approach toward racial and economic integration, affirmatively expanding support for policies that directly ensure that educational and social benefits reach all racial groups.

The following statement of principles and policy goals was endorsed by members of the coalition, including the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the ACLU Washington Legislative Office, the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, the Citizens ' Commission on Civil Rights, the Lawyers ' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School, the Civil Rights Project /Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, the University of North Carolina Center for Civil Rights, the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State Univ. …

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