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This Just In: There is “..Clear Evidence of the Truth” that Desegregation Works

February 10, 2017

Thomas Edsall’s column in today’s NYTimes poses what I have to believe is a rhetorical question:

Integration Works. Can It Survive the Trump Era?

As I am certain Mr. Edsall realizes, the Supreme Court Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954 was based on research demonstrating clear evidence that desegregation made a difference and the notion of “separate but equal” schools was unfair and unconstitutional. And, as I am certain Mr. Edsall would acknowledge, that decision didn’t result in any substantive changes coming out of the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, Bush II, or Obama administrations— ten consecutive administrations!

Neither party wants to accept the “..clear evidence of the truth of these findings” because they both know from the experience of politicians who did so that there is a price to be paid. This unwillingness to accept the “…clear evidence of the truth of these findings” led both parties to embrace failed ideas like NCLB, Race to the Top, and now, vouchers. While there is “…clear evidence of the truth of these findings” regarding the positive effects of desegregation and– to a lesser degree— more spending, there is NO “…clear evidence of the truth of… findings” that closing schools based on low test scores, launching charter schools, privatizing public education, or using vouchers works. Yet these ideas have bi-partisan support because they don’t cost money AND they require no political courage…. oh, and in some cases the privatizers will make campaign contributions— something that those seeking the desegregation of neighborhoods cannot do.

Evidence that desegregation works WILL survive the “Trump Era”… and evidence that closing schools based on low test scores, launching charter schools, privatizing public education, or using vouchers is NOT the way to fix schools will continue to be gathered…. But unless a political is willing to appeal to the best instincts in voters segregation will continue and public education will continue to be a bi-partisan whipping boy.

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