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Reflecting on the Historic Campaign to Integrate Houston Schools

After the U.S. Supreme Court declared segregation unconstitutional, there was a long battle to integrate schools in Houston. It included court orders, lawsuits, boycotts and a political campaign called Citizens for Good Schools. Two former members of that group talk about their effort to improve Houston education. Vicki Birenbaum was a young parent back then […]

Inside the Classroom School Integration

After the U.S. Supreme Court declared segregation unconstitutional, there was a long battle to integrate schools in Houston. It included court orders, lawsuits, boycotts and a political campaign called Citizens for Good Schools.

Two former members of that group talk about their effort to improve Houston education. Vicki Birenbaum was a young parent back then and served as board member for Citizens for Good Schools. She is now a vice president with Neighborhood Centers, Inc. Jonathan Day was a campaign manager and board member for the group and is an attorney.

They tell us more in the latest installment of News 88.7’s series Inside the Classroom with education reporter Laura Isensee.

(Above: Back in the 1960s, Vicki Birenbaum and Jonathan Day joined other young activists and parents who wanted to reform Houston schools. They were leaders with the political campaign Citizens for Good Schools. Photo: Laura Isensee, News 88.7)

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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