After Seattle: Conference re-examines integration policy


Jan. 16, 2009

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Center for Civil Rights Conferences

Registration Opens February 16, 2009

Looking to the Future: Legal and Policy Options for Racially Integrated Education in the South and the Nation

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
George Watts Hill Alumni Center
April 2, 2009

The Center for Civil Rights at UNC School of Law, the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, and the University of Georgia Education Policy and Evaluation Center are pleased to host a conference in Chapel Hill for advocates, scholars, organizers, litigators, researchers and students committed to integrated schools in the South and the nation.

Focusing on the forces likely to shape the future of integrated public education in the wake of the United States Supreme Court’s 2007 decision in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1(PICS) , the conference will draw on the expertise of more than twenty nationally-acclaimed social scientists and attorneys.

Panel 1: Making the Case for Integration

“Viable Desegregation Strategies: The Case of Connecticut”
Robert Bifulco, Casey Cobb and Courtney Bell
Center for Policy Research, Syracuse University

“Integrated Education and Mathematics Outcomes”
Roslyn Arlin Mickelson and Martha Bottia
UNC Charlotte

“School Racial Composition and Young Children’s Cognitive Development: Isolating Family, Neighborhood, and School Influences”
Douglas Ready and Megan Silander
Columbia University Teachers College

“The Struggle for an Integrated Future”
Kevin Welner
University of Colorado-Boulder

Panel 2: Evaluating Socio-Economic Based Assignment Plans”Examining the Effect of PICS on School District Responses to Desegregation Cases”

Danielle Holley-Walker
University of South Carolina School of Law

“Optional Equality: How the Supreme Court Rendered Equality Optional and a Proposed Response”
Kimberly Jenkins Robinson
Emory University School of Law

“Pursuing Educational Opportunities for Latino Students”
Kristi Bowman
Michigan State University College of Law

Panel 3: Evaluating Socio-economic Based Assignment Plans

“The Effects of Socioeconomic School Integration Plans on Racial School Desegregation”
Sean Reardon and Lauri Rhodes
Stanford University

“Socioeconomic School Integration: Preliminary Lessons from 65 Districts”
Richard Kahlenberg
The Century Foundation

“Is Class Working: An Update on Socioeconomic Integration from Wake County, North Carolina and Cambridge, Massachusetts”
Genevieve Siegel-Hawley
UCLA School of Education and Information Studies

“To Turn Back Would be a Huge Mistake: Race, Class and Student Assignment in Wake County Public Schools”
Sheneka Williams and Eric Houck
University of Georgia

Panel 4: Building Political Will for Integrated Schools Post-PICS

“Still Swimming Against the Resegregation Tide? A Suburban Southern School District in the Aftermath of PICS”
Stephen Samuel Smith
Winthrop University

“The Applicability of the Omaha Learning Community Agreement to Other Contexts”
Jennifer Jellison Holme, Sarah Diem and Katherine Cumings Mansfield
University of Texas-Austin

“School Choice as a Civil Right: The Political History of a Claim and Its Implications for Racially Integrated Education”
Janelle Scott
University of California-Berkeley

“The Double Consciousness of Adult Graduates of Southern Schools: The Meaning of Lives Lived from Massive Resistance to Desegregation and Back Again”

Amy Stuart Wells, Jacquelyn Duran, and Terrenda White
Columbia University Teachers College

Panel 5: Achieving Racial Equity through Strategic Public Policies

“Altering Grade Configurations in Virginia Schools: Reducing School SegregationWithout Explicitly Considering Race”
William Glenn
Virginia Tech School of Education

“Federal Legislation to Promote Metropolitan Approaches to Educational and Housing Opportunity in the South”
Elizabeth Debray-Pelot, University of Georgia
Erica Frankenberg, UCLA Civil Rights Project

“Rethinking Magnet School Policies and Practices: A Response to Declining Diversity & Judicial Constraints”
Claire Smrekar and Ellen Goldring
Peabody College-Vanderbilt University

“Racially Integrated Education and the Role of the Federal Government”
Chinh Q. Le
Center for Social Justice, Seton Hall Law School