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Educators to demand action to fulfill the promise of Brown v. Board at Supreme Court

Supreme Court event is one of many events taking place across the country for educational justice

WASHINGTON - May 08, 2014 -

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel and educators will join students, parents, community organizations and labor unions at a rally in front of the Supreme Court to reaffirm the promise of racial justice in public schools as declared sixty years ago in the landmark decision Brown v. Board of Education.

On May 17, 1954, Brown v. Board overthrew the Jim Crow ideology of “separate but equal.” The unanimous Supreme Court decision not only outlawed school segregation policies, but also invigorated the civil rights movement’s quest to end Jim Crow laws affecting everything from lunch counters, to buses, to voting rights.

Sixty years later, the future of public education stands at a critical crossroads reminiscent of the pre-Brown days.

  • Nearly half of the nation’s students are low income; forty-four percent are students of color, and both populations are concentrated in segregated schools
  • According to federal data, 80 percent of Hispanic students and 74 percent of Black students are in schools where the majority of students are not white
  • At the same time, 43 percent of Hispanic students and 38 percent of Black students attend “intensely segregated schools” where White students comprise 10 percent or less than the student body.

NEA is a member of The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, a national community- labor alliance that represents over 7 million parents, educators, and youth who are standing up in the face of unprecedented attacks on their public schools, jobs and civil rights. Similar rallies and events will take place all week across America.

 WHO: NEA President Dennis Van Roekel and the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools
 WHAT: Rally to honor the landmark Brown v. Board decision and to renew the call for equitable education
 WHEN: Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 12:30 EST
 WHERE: The United States Supreme Court, Washington, D.C.

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, and students preparing to become teachers.

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