Washington Lawyer - August/September 2018 - 21
A NEW FORM OF SCHOOL
By Sarah Kellogg
n the six decades since the U.S.
Supreme Court's pioneering decision
in Brown v. Board of Education of
Topeka, the nation has made
meaningful progress toward racial
integration, but it remains too
common for children of different
backgrounds and cultures to be
isolated from each other inside
and outside the classroom.
Today, geographic boundaries and
socioeconomic divisions have resulted
in a de facto segregation that regularly
operates in lockstep with racial
discrimination. In this way, the roots
of racial prejudice have not been
eliminated as envisioned by the High
Court, but, ultimately, have worsened
due to poverty and class divisions.
Left: CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images; right: AP Images
At left, African American children at a segregated
elementary school in Washington, D.C., in 1942.
Twelve years later, the U.S. Supreme Court would
rule that racial segregation in public schools
was unconstitutional. At right, students at the
Bruce-Guadalupe Community School, a charter
school in Milwaukee, where 97 percent of the
students are Hispanic. Charter schools are among
the most segregated in the country, according to
a 2017 Associated Press analysis.