Why, 65 years later, school segregation persists: New York City is a perfect case study
Added 05-17-19 06:13:02am EST - “On this day 65 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that schools in the United States should no longer operate under the failed ethos of "separate but equal" and instead must move to integrate their student bodies "with all…” - Nydailynews.com
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On this day 65 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that schools in the United States should no longer operate under the failed ethos of “separate but equal” and instead must move to integrate their student bodies “with all deliberate speed.” New York City schools have not achieved the dream of Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka. Worse still, it looks as if it may no longer be a priority to even try. This is especially true in regards to parents whose children attend high-quality schools and simply refuse to support efforts to make it possible for black and Latina children to join their school communities.
Over the past 65 years, a majority of large-scale integration efforts in New York City have relied on parents choosing, volunteering or agreeing to allow black and Latino children to attend school with their children. Time and time again, they have refused. Sometimes they say they support the principle of integration but are opposed to specific remedies like busing, redrawing district lines or eliminating high-stakes admission tests. Parents who could afford to do so have also simply removed their children from public schools.
A little history is in order. Segregated schools had been illegal in New York City since 1920, long before the Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board. But despite the earlier law, as late as 1964 a report by the city’s Board of Education found that schools enrolling mostly Black and Latino students had inferior facilities, less-experienced teachers and were severely overcrowded.
To remedy the situation, the Board of Education proposed rezoning a few schools, improving the educational quality of schools that served mostly black and Latina students, and addressing school overcrowding.
In response, parents pushed back against the proposed remedies. In March of 1964, roughly 15,000 white parents, mostly mothers, marched across the Brooklyn Bridge in the midst of a snow storm. Though the protesters never actually mentioned black or Latino children during the March, they said they didn’t want their children to be bused as a way to achieve integration, and that they believed it was important for children to attend schools in their own neighborhoods.
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