Brown v. Board

As her pupils bend themselves to their books, teacher Marie Donnelly guides them along in their studies at P.S. 77 in the Glendale section of Queens, New York, Sept. 28, 1959. In her 40 years of teaching, never has Donnelly had so many African-American students in a class. The youngsters were bused to the school from Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, a predominantly black neighborhood where schools are overcrowded. P.S. 77, which had an enrollment of 368 all-white students, can handle 1000 children comfortably. Parents in the Queens neighborhoods objected to influx, but the children themselves adjusted to one another without incident.
A white teacher teaches a newly integrated class at P.S. 77 in the Glendale section of Queens, N.Y., in September 1959.
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Teaching Profession Q&A 'Brown v. Board' Decimated the Black Educator Pipeline. A Scholar Explains How
A new book digs into a lesser-known and negative consequence of one of the nation's most significant civil rights milestones.
Madeline Will, May 16, 2022
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Law & Courts Leaked Abortion Draft Has Supreme Court Education Cases in Political Cross-Hairs
Conservatives have taken aim at decisions on educating immigrants, race in admissions, and religion. Liberals have some cases in mind, too.
Mark Walsh, May 10, 2022
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A crowd of people gather outside the Supreme Court, Monday night, May 2, 2022 in Washington. A draft opinion circulated among Supreme Court justices suggests that earlier this year a majority of them had thrown support behind overturning the 1973 case Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion nationwide, according to a report published Monday night in Politico. It's unclear if the draft represents the court's final word on the matter. The Associated Press could not immediately confirm the authenticity of the draft Politico posted, which if verified marks a shocking revelation of the high court's secretive deliberation process, particularly before a case is formally decided.
A crowd gathers outside the U.S. Supreme Court Monday night after the leak of a draft opinion suggesting the court intends to overturn the 1973 <i>Roe v. Wade</i> precedent that legalized abortion nationwide.
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Law & Courts 'Brown v. Board' Cited in Draft Supreme Court Opinion to Back Overturning Abortion Rights
The leaked opinion in a case still to be decided by the Supreme Court cites landmark decisions including Brown v. Board of Education.
Mark Walsh, May 3, 2022
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Education Barrett Says 'Brown v. Board of Education' Is 'Superprecedent' Beyond Overruling
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett said it would be "unthinkable" for the landmark "Brown" desegregation decision to be overruled.
Mark Walsh, October 13, 2020
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Mrs. Ella J. Rice talks to one of her pupils, all of whom are white, in a 3rd grade classroom of the Draper Elementary School in southeast Washington, D.C., September 13, 1954. This was the first day of non-segregated schools for both teachers and pupils in the District of Columbia public school system. Mrs. Rice was the only black teacher in the school.
Mrs. Ella J. Rice talks to one of her pupils, all of whom are white, in a 3rd grade classroom of the Draper Elementary School in southeast Washington, D.C., September 13, 1954. This was the first day of non-segregated schools for both teachers and pupils in the District of Columbia public school system. Mrs. Rice was the only black teacher in the school.
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Law & Courts 65 Years After 'Brown v. Board,' Where Are All the Black Educators?
The landmark Supreme Court decision that integrated schools 65 years ago had an unintended effect that’s still felt today: Thousands of black teachers and principals lost their jobs.
Madeline Will, May 14, 2019
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Education Opinion What Kind of Programs Can Help Teacher Diversity?
As we approach the 65th anniversary of the Brown v. Board decision, the lack of teacher diversity is stubbornly persistent. "Grow Your Own" programs are one promising solution.
Guest Blogger, February 8, 2019
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Education Kavanaugh: 'Brown v. Board of Education' Is Supreme Court's 'Greatest Moment'
Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh praised the landmark desegregation decision at his confirmation hearing, but said the efforts to fulfill its promise remain unfinished.
Mark Walsh, September 5, 2018
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Equity & Diversity On 'Brown v. Board of Education' Anniversary, Dems Blast Trump's Civil Rights Record
Congressional Democrats held a forum on various civil rights issues in education on the 64th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case that prohibited laws establishing segregated schools.
Andrew Ujifusa, May 17, 2018
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Education 64 Years After Brown v. Board, Many Schools Are Separate and Unequal
Sixty-four years since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the principle of "separate but equal" education, public schools in many communities remain highly segregated and schools where students of color are the majority usually lag behind those with majority white student bodies on things like access to rigorous courses and school-based librarians.
Lesli A. Maxwell, May 16, 2018
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School & District Management Decades After Brown v. Board, Unequal Class Offerings Remain a Problem
A new study shows just how thin the course offerings can be at some schools serving mostly students of color in comparison to the curricula at nearby, white-majority schools.
Sasha Jones, May 14, 2018
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Education Questions on 'Brown v. Board of Education' Often a 'Catch 22' for Judicial Nominees
The landmark school desegregation ruling may be settled law, but can also be used to put nominees on the spot, as one of President Donald Trump's picks for the federal bench saw this week.
Mark Walsh, April 13, 2018
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Education Some Reflections on Linda C. Brown, a Daughter, Litigant, and Civil Rights Icon
Brown, who died this week at age 75, was sometimes in the forefront, at other times in the background, of the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark school desegregation case.
Mark Walsh, March 28, 2018
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Education Linda C. Brown, Key Figure in Historic U.S. Desegregation Case, Dies at 75
Brown was the oldest daughter of Oliver L. Brown, lead plaintiff in the Brown v. Board of Education case that struck down racial segregation in education.
Mark Walsh, March 26, 2018
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Law & Courts Obituary Obituary
Jack Greenberg, a civil rights lawyer who helped litigate the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, has died.
Corey Mitchell, October 25, 2016
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