Richard Rothstein ties government-sponsored segregation to achievement gaps today

In his book Color of Law , Richard Rothstein does a good job laying out how the U.S. government has unconstitutionally and systematically created the segregated neighborhoods we live in.  On Monday night in Durham, he brought this back to education for a crowd of several hundred public education policy experts and advocates, including county commissioner Heidi Carter of Durham and candidate Vickie Adamson of Wake.  While he never mentioned Nikole Hannah-Jones, the moral case she raises for integration of schools comes to the same conclusion as the constitutional case Rothstein makes — the segregation we have today is deliberate, causing our students and society harm, and can and must be remedied.  Great questions from audience members centered around curriculum changes necessary to better inform students of history, and how we should use all tools (busing, inclusionary zoning, financial redress for clearly unconstitutional actions that created wealth gaps) to get us closer to where we ought to be.  Mr. Rothstein didn’t have a great answer on handling rural areas which also have inequities in N.C., but thanks to the efforts of North Carolina Methodists and the N.C. Council of Churches, we have a great start with deep thinkers on public education about making progress on our racial segregation and gaps.

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