65th Anniversary of Brown v Board of Education

sixty-five years ago today the Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in the landmark school segregation case Brown V Board of Education of Topeka in that unanimous decision the court said in these days it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life and he has denied the opportunity of an education such an opportunity when the state has undertaken to provide it is a right which must be made available to all on equal terms on equal terms on equal terms in the field of public education the doctrine of separate but equal has no place separate educational facilities are inherently apparently inherently inherently over 14 years old growing up in rural Alabama I thought and as truly believe but the Nixon here attended the integrated public school it never happened for me but the Court's historic ruling was that the end of school segregation it was the beginning of a long difficult and continuing struggle to fulfill the promise of equity in education enactment and enforcement of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 led to decades of meaningful school desegregation that improved academic performance for students of color and narrowed the achievement gap perturbative soon recognized that the same institution that started the movement toward school desegregation could be used to stop it beginning in 1969 Republican presidents appointed the next ten Supreme Court justices forming a bloc of conservatives who questioned the constitutionality of desegregation with the help of political leaders in both parties the courts conservatives erased nearly two decades of progress from school diversity America's public schools are more segregated today more segregated today more segregated today than at any time since the 1960s segregated schools means segregated opportunity there is a 23 billion dollar racial funding gap between school districts serving students of color and school districts serving predominantly white students this is a major reason why black students who attend desegregated schools are more likely to graduate from high school attend college attend a more selective school complete college the circumstances that reversed our progress toward educational equity are once again in place today we have a radically conservative Supreme Court and an administration that does not accept its responsibility to promote school diversity or enforce civil rights laws and I'm secretary you believe that racial segregation in public schools causes a pose a threat to the educational opportunity for children of color just looking for a yes or a No I know you're concerned about every student but racial segregation poses a threat for children that's an easy one don't give me a yes analogy congressman I am concerned with every single student over the past year at least 10 executive and judicial nominees have refused to say whether Brown versus Board was correctly decided it's better you believe that Brown versus Board of Education was correctly decided Center I don't mean to be coy but I think I get into a difficult different difficult area when I start commenting on Supreme Court decisions which are correctly decided and which I may disagree with we live in a better world in a better place they're steel forces trying to take us back Brown versus Board of Education correct at the path we were on but there is still much work to be done Congress must take action we need to keep striving for diversity in our schools and that when we do that everybody does better one of our most sacred duties as Americans and as members of Congress is to fulfill the promise of brown v board of education let us recommit ourselves to the important task while fulfilling its promise once and for all this month the Committee on education and labor held its first hearing on school desegregation and civil rights enforcement in three decades and yesterday we advanced two bills to support local efforts to improve school diversity and protect students civil rights House Democrats are also advancing bills that best in rebuilding and modernizing crumbling school buildings to provide record levels of funding for public education we must ensure that every child has the opportunity that comes with a high quality and first-rate public education education is the great equalizer but if they're not even given access to those opportunities they don't stand a chance we must work together in Congress and in communities to ensure that all students have the opportunity to reach their full potential with one people with one family we all live in the same house the American house you

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