The Center was invited to write for Teach For America's blog, Pass
the Chalk, to commemorate the Brown v. Board of Education anniversary.
We wrote about the spectrum of segregation and resegregation in North
Carolina as an example of this disturbing nationwide trend.
Halifax community members at a rally for education equality
Although racial segregation in public schools was held unconstitutional in 1954 by
Brown v. Board of Education
massive resistance by segregationist state and local governments
prevented meaningful implementation of this landmark ruling for over a
decade. It wasn’t until the late 1960s, and in response to community
activism, litigation, and intervention by the federal government, that
the doors of educational opportunity were finally forced open to create
equal access for children of color.
Today, almost 60 years after
its promise of an integrated and equal education remains unfulfilled. The cross-exposure of black and white students
—an important measure of integration—peaked in the mid-1980s but, by 2000 was even lower than in 1968.
Posted by Taiyyaba A. Qureshi on Thu. May 16, 2013 12:09 PM
Categories: Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Education, Halifax Taxes, Pitt County, Race Discrimination, Segregation, Wake County
Center Education Fellow Taiyyaba Qureshi, with Jason Langberg, Director of Legal Aid NC's Push Out Prevention Project, and Eldrin Deas, PhD Candidate at UNC SChool of Education, authored an article in
this month's Poverty and Race Research Action Council Journal on the need for education officials to be accountable through meaningful engagement with education stakeholders. The full article is available in the March/April PRRAC Journal.
Accountability in education must
include the idea that school systems have certain obligations to their
stakeholders. Traditional notions of accountability are mostly focused on
measuring performance outputs of students, teachers and principals, and fail to
identify metrics by which elected and appointed policymakers can be held
accountable for their actions. Unfortunately,
this trend has become even more prevalent as so-called market-based reforms (e.g.,
expanded high-stakes testing, merit pay, privitization) are adopted on the
federal, state and local levels. These policy changes in fact “de-form” democratic
principles of good governance and fairness, which require that school system
leaders be held accountable to the community. Over the past four years,
education policymakers and community advocates in Wake County, North Carolina
demonstrated that such accountability is essential to creating a healthy
relationship between the school district and the community it serves and to
producing high-quality, equitable outcomes for students.
Posted by Taiyyaba A. Qureshi on Wed. March 20, 2013 9:16 AM
Categories: Education, Wake County
The Center for Civil Rights joined a national coalition of
education and civil rights advocates calling on the US Department of Education
to encourage school diversity as a factor in grants through the Department’s
Investing in Education ("i3") fund.
The Center and coalition members called on the Department to
include “promoting diversity” as a priority to be used in evaluating i3 grant
Read the coalition’s comment letter.
Posted by Taiyyaba A. Qureshi on Thu. January 17, 2013 9:48 AM
Categories: Education, Segregation
In a recent "Race and the Law" series, Center staff and UNC Law School
professors reenacted excerpts from the oral arguments in the Fisher v. University of Texas. The case was heard at the US Supreme Court on
October 10, 2012. UNC School of Law Dean Jack Boger. CCR Attorneys Mark
Dorosin and Elizabeth Haddix, and the UNC Office of University Counsel filed an an amicus brief on behalf of the University of North Carolina in this case.
Deputy Director Charles Daye played the role of Chief Justice Roberts.
Center attorneys Mark Dorosin and Elizabeth Haddix and UNC Law
professors Eric Muller, Erika Wilson, Al Brophy, and Catherine Kim
played other Justices. Community Inclusion Fellow Bethan Eynon read the
position of Petitioner Fisher, Education Fellow Taiyyaba Qureshi took
the part of Respondent University of Texas, and Equal Justice Works
Fellow Peter Gilbert acted as US Solicitor General.
Watch the video below:
Posted by Taiyyaba A. Qureshi on Mon. January 14, 2013 12:01 AM
Categories: Amicus Curiae, Education, Race and the Law Series, Race Discrimination
On December 18, Managing Attorney Mark Dorosin submitted a letter
to Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board regarding the upcoming 2012-2013
student reassignment plan.
"Racial or socio-economic isolation is a known barrier to securing the prerequisites
to a quality education . . . Moreover, the idea of “community schools” not
only ignores the continuing legacy of residential racial and socio-economic
segregation in housing opportunities, but also takes a shortsighted and narrow
view of what constitutes a community."
Posted by Mark Dorosin on Wed. December 19, 2012 8:11 AM
Categories: Community Inclusion, Education, Fair Housing, Orange County, Race Discrimination, Segregation
CCR attorneys Mark Dorosin and
Elizabeth Haddix, and UNC School of Law Dean Jack Boger, together with
the Office of University Counsel filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (“UNC”) in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case on October 10, and a ruling is expected next spring.
Constitution Day, September 17, Center attorneys Dorosin and Haddix,
Center Deputy Director Charles Daye, and Dean Boger joined Steve Farmer,
UNC Vice Provost for Admissions, on a panel at UNC Law School to
discuss Fisher v. Texas and the continuing need for
race-conscious and diversity-promoting higher education admission policies. Steve Farmer also
wrote an op-ed that was published in The Hill on October 8, entitled Fisher v. Texas: It's wrong to curb diversity.
Watch the video of the panel:
Fisher v. University of Texas, Constitution Day 2012 Discussion from UNC School of Law on Vimeo.
Posted by Taiyyaba A. Qureshi on Wed. October 17, 2012 2:45 PM
Categories: Amicus Curiae, Education, Race and the Law Series
Education advocates gather in Halifax, NC to mark the one-year anniversary of the Center's report and the county's renewed struggle for education equity
This summer marked the one-year anniversary of the UNC
Center for Civil Rights’ report, “Unless Our Children Begin to Learn Together: The State of Education in Halifax County.” To commemorate this milestone, education advocates in the community held
a press conference at the Old Halifax County Courthouse, where the report was
first presented, to review what had been accomplished in the year and the
challenges that remain to bring high-quality, equitable education to Halifax
At the press conference, CEES Vice President Gary
Grant, speaking on behalf of the Coalition, called upon county and
elected officials, parents, teachers, and students to continue the
equity: “We bear witness to the fact
that the problems of poor and barely mediocre student performance at the
public school systems has not been addressed. Nor has the root cause,
the continuing extreme racial segregation among the three school
Halifax County. The quality of education
has been undermined on a county-wide basis for much too long at too
cost to too many of our children.”
Posted by Taiyyaba A. Qureshi on Mon. September 17, 2012 4:17 PM
Categories: Community Leaders, Education, Halifax County, Leandro, Race Discrimination, Segregation
Wake County’s first week of school has been an overwhelming fiasco. Despite the administration’s repeated protestations to the contrary, the root of the school opening debacle is the school board’s insistence on adopting a student assignment plan so focused on eliminating diversity that other important values were eliminated too: transparency, community engagement, attention to legitimate public concerns, and efficient resource management. Subverting these core values to prioritize so-called “neighborhood schools” and “choice” has left Wake County students behind.
Posted by Elizabeth M. Haddix on Fri. August 31, 2012 9:35 AM
Categories: Education, Race Discrimination, Wake County