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School Choice and its Effects on Desegregation

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


In April 2016, the United States Government Accountability Office issued a report advocating for the better use of information to help agencies identify disparities and address racial discrimination.  In it, it found that the percentage of K-12 public schools in the United States with students who are poor and are mostly Black or Hispanic is growing and these schools share a number of challenging characteristics.   From these statistics, it appears that the public schools are re-segregating rather than desegregating. 

The debate about the effects of school choice, and the rise in the number of charter schools, has had on desegregation and diversity efforts, both in Massachusetts and across the United States, did not cease after the Massachusetts ballot initiative in 2016.  The White House has continued to push school choice, and this panel looks to discuss what effects these efforts has had and will have in the future on our public education system. 

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