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      Fellow John King “Making School Integration Work at the District Level” (Guest: Pedro Martinez) in Chicago

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      April 23, 2019

      Tuesday  12:30 PM

      5707 South Woodlawn Avenue
      Chicago, Illinois 60637

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      Fellow John King “Making School Integration Work at the District Level” (Guest: Pedro Martinez)

      In the Brown v. Board of Education decision (1954), Chief Justice Warren wrote on behalf of a unanimous court, “In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education. Such an opportunity, where the state has undertaken to provide it, is a right which must be made available to all on equal terms… We conclude that, in the field of public education, the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” In the years that followed, school desegregation faced massive resistance, but progress was made through a mix of courageous advocacy and successfully enforced court orders.   That progress slowed in the 1980s and today schools in many communities are more segregated than they were ten or twenty years ago. What will it take for America to fulfill the promise of Brown v. Board of Education (1954)? We will examine communities that offer a hopeful model for school integration – both racial and socioeconomic – and consider the practical and political obstacles other communities will need to overcome to follow their lead. Special Guest: Pedro Martinez, Superintendent, San Antonio Public Schools Optional podcast: The Problem We All Live With, This American Life (Part One: Prologue, Act I, Act II) This seminar is part of IOP Pritzker Fellow John King's series, “Leading in Education Policy from Different Seats."  This seminar is open to students only and off the record. Registration is required. However, seating is limited on a first come, first serve basis; capacity in the IOP Living Room is 45. Doors will open 30 minutes before the event begins. Any unclaimed seats will be released 10 minutes before the event begins. Please arrive early to claim your seat. If you can no longer attend, please cancel your ticket order on Eventbrite so others may register. This venue is physically accessible and has gender-neutral restrooms. Please contact the Institute of Politics at or 773-834-4671 with any questions or accommodation requests. To add this event to your calendar. Click "Add to my calendar" and choose among the options (Outlook, Google, iCal, Yahoo).

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