How Well Do You Know the Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education?

Brown v. Board of Education, considered one of the greatest Supreme Court decisions of the 20th century, unanimously held that the racial segregation of children in public schools violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. But 62 years after the landmark decision, racism still plagues America’s public school systems.

Socioeconomic segregation means that the children who need the most support attend schools least likely to have the resources to meet their needs. In some metropolitan areas, the racial concentration of school poverty is so severe that black and white students effectively attend two different school systems: one for middle- and upper-middle-income white students, and the other for poor students and students of color.Worse still, the underlying prejudices of white teachers often put black students at a disadvantage.

However there are some encouraging signs as the achievement gap between white and black students is decreasing over the generations. In order for these achievement gains to increase, America’s public school systems must commit to socioeconomic diversity. The implementation of fair-housing policies and the active inclusion of low-income students into so-called “affluent” schools is a step in the right direction, but there’s a long way to go before the permanent legacy of Brown v. Board of Education is a positive one.

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