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The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education 60 Years Later

Exactly 60 years ago tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in the landmark civil rights case Brown vs. Board of Education. The High Court ruled the concept of “separate, but equal” public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional. The ruling led to desegregation nationwide. While the spirit of the Brown […]

Exactly 60 years ago tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in the landmark civil rights case Brown vs. Board of Education. The High Court ruled the concept of “separate, but equal” public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional. The ruling led to desegregation nationwide.

While the spirit of the Brown decision remains across the country, that hardly means there isn’t still some measure — perhaps unintended — of segregation in schools, if not by race then by economics. Some school districts are flush with resources and revenue thanks to strong local taxpayer support, while others struggle to provide students with a quality educational experience.

On the 60th anniversary of Brown, we consider whether there are ways to close the gaps between rich and poor school districts in and around Greater Houston, and whether some minority populations in Houston may still receive a sub-par educational experience despite equality under the law. We’ll talk with University of Houston Law Professor Dr. Michael Olivas, and Dr. Wayne Pierce, Executive Director of the Austin-based Equity Center.

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