Schools in America are failing children of color at alarming rates. While the public education system should be a powerful democratizing institution, many charge that it is a stratifying institution that ossifies class difference.
Panelists: Khin Mai Aung, Director of the Educational Equity and Youth Rights Project, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
Kaya Henderson, Chancellor, DC Public Schools
Kurt Schmoke, Dean, Howard University Law School and former Mayor of Baltimore City, Maryland
Ruben Navarrette, Columnist, Washington Post Writers Group
Jose Diaz-Balart, Anchor, Telemundo (moderator)
Again, the debate has become polarized. Teacher preparedness and accountability, family engagement, and student expectations account for only part of the achievement gap between whites and children of color. There is a desperate need for public policies, school reform strategies, and teachers, families and students to pull in the same direction. What would it take to dismantle America’s racial education ghettos?
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