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Editor's Note

The Road Ahead

This issue of NEA Today is a bit different. We’ve redesigned our magazine with today’s educator in mind. Same great content, but with more engaging visuals, in-depth features, and a greater commitment to reaching all of our members’ interests.

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Appropriately, this issue focuses on change and progress. Sixty years ago, on May 17, the Supreme Court overturned legally segregated public schools in Brown v. Board of Education. But how much has changed since then? Are we truly embracing the ideals of equality that Thurgood Marshall, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and others fought to achieve?

Sadly, our nation’s commitment to providing equal, unfettered access to a quality public education has waned. This issue’s cover story, “Still Separate, Still Unequal?” finds that in many U.S. schools the issues of poverty and inequality are leading to a troubling pattern of resegregation.

We also know dedicated educators and smart, talented students are doing what they can to break the cycle of segregation. “The Next Generation” profiles six young activists who are making a difference in their communities.

As we spend time considering the strides our society has made since Brown v. Board, we must also reflect on the road ahead. We must ensure that our public schools are living up to the ideals of the American Dream—ideals that ensure that all students have equal access to high-quality public schools across the nation.

Steven Grant 


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