Edwards Pushes Better Education for Poor
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards on Tuesday called for measures to strengthen education for poor children and make schools more economically diverse in order to fight poverty.
"We don't just have racial segregation in our schools, we have huge economic segregation," Edwards said while on the Pittsburgh leg of an eight-state tour to highlight poverty issues. "We have two public school systems in America ... one for those who live in wealthy suburban areas and then one for everybody else."
Speaking to about 250 people in Pittsburgh's impoverished Hill district, Edwards criticized last month's Supreme Court decision rejecting school diversity plans in Seattle and Louisville, Ky. ( "Use of Race Uncertain for Schools," July 12, 2007.) He said the ruling turned "on its head" the landmark 1954 desegregation decision stemming from the Brown v. Board of Education ...
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