Brown at 60: New Diversity, Familiar Disparities

Even with ground-shifting demographic changes, many public schools continue to be highly segregated 60 years after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the principle of "separate but equal" education. But those shifts have also created opportunities to approach diversifying schools and classrooms in new ways.

School Diversity More Complex Than Ever

Dramatic demographic changes, shifting court opinions, and housing segregation make school integration a major challenge.

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Ky. District 'Keeps Faith'

Read Story Jefferson County, Ky., is trying a new tack to keep its schools diverse.

Federal Enforcement Key

Read Story The Civil Rights Act and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act still can be compliance tools, as the legal landscape shifts.

Voices of History

Watch Videos Hear from three people who had front-row seats in school desegregation cases.

Map: School Desegregation Plans

See Map A look at the more than 1,200 schools and districts still under a federal desegregation plan.

Tracing the Precedents

Explore a timeline of landmark desegregation cases.

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Data: Race and Ethnicity in U.S. Schools Today

Read Story Statistics point to changed racial and ethnic enrollment patterns in American public schools.

Legal Battles in Mississippi Town

Read Story Cleveland, Miss., is the site of a still-active school desegregation case nearly half a century old.


In five essays and a series of charts on enrollment and race in public schools today, Education Week Commentary explores the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, including how questions concerning race continue to play out in K-12 education. In Education Week's roundtable OpEducation blog, four researchers respond to data and offer their impressions on race and diversity in public schools today.

CommentaryI, Too, Am America: Making All Students Feel Like They Belong

Graduate student Pierce Gordon writes about words and actions that make some minority students feel unwelcome in school programs and on higher education campuses.

CommentaryK-12 Education: Still Separate, Still Unequal

Sixty years after the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, racial disparities in schools should be a call to action, writes Leticia Smith-Evans.

CommentaryHispanics Are Forgotten in Civil Rights History

High school senior Nicholas Dauphine writes that U.S. history has all but erased the struggles of Hispanics against racism.

CommentaryWhy Integration Matters in Schools

Integration has a positive effect on almost every aspect of education that matters, and segregation the inverse, writes Derek Black.

CommentaryIntegration: New Concepts for a New Era

School desegregation remains a goal worth pursuing, but by different, more nuanced means than schools used to employ, Leonard Stevens writes.

Blog RoundtableSix Decades After Brown v. Board

The OpEducation Blog asked four leading education thinkers to respond to data on the state of schools 60 years after the Brown decision. Find out how Patricia Gándara, Kevin Kumashiro, Kent McGuire, Heather Schwartz responded.

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