Athens, Ga. – A two-hour briefing for policymakers on Capitol Hill that focused on how to promote racially integrated public schools was co-hosted last Friday by four higher education groups across the nation including the University of Georgia’s Education Policy and Evaluation Center.
New Initiatives for Integrated Education in the Obama Era: Reversing Two Decades of Resegregation drew on the expertise of nationally acclaimed social scientists and lawyers, focusing on both immediate and long-term policy options available to achieve racial equity in the nation’s schools.
Attendees had opportunities to share ideas about the case for racially integrated education, experiences with socioeconomic-based student assignment plans, efforts to build political will for integrated schools and future policy directions for achieving racial equity in schools. Federal Legislation to Promote Metropolitan Approaches to Educational and Housing Opportunities, was presented by Elizabeth DeBray-Pelot, UGA, and Erica Frankenberg, UCLA.
The briefing was held on Friday, June 12 at the Sam Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., and was co-sponsored by the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina School of Law, the Civil Rights Project at the University of California at Los Angeles and the Forum for Education and Democracy.
The briefing was one of several initiatives hosted or co-hosted by UGA’s Education Policy and Evaluation Center, which is based in the College of Education. For more information, see www.coe.uga.edu/EPEC/.