Public Education: A Look at Segregation, Housing and Our Collective Future – Thursday, May 24, 2012 – 7:00 p.m.
University of Minnesota Law School, Mondale Hall, Room 50, 229 19th Ave South, Minneapolis
Public Education Justice Alliance of Minnesota is hosting a forum with Myron Orfield from the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Race and Poverty. The presentation and discussion will focus on public education, housing, and segregation in the Minneapolis/St Paul metro area.
Orfield will present data from the past twenty years, looking at the trends and policies that have closed public schools and further segregated our schools and our city.
Racial segregation in America also means class segregation. The segregation of schools is dramatically increasing because of failure to enforce federal, state, and local civil rights laws. Whether public or charter, segregated schools are associated with low achievement and increased learning gaps. Charter schools not only aggravate the problem of segregation, they also under-perform and undermine our public schools. Teachers and schools are being blamed and punished for the results of increased segregation, and the current “solutions” are making problems worse.