Independent Women's Forum Declares School Choice to be the Unfinished Agenda of Brown v. Board of Education

May 17, 2004, 01:00 ET from Independent Women's Forum

    WASHINGTON, May 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Independent Women's Forum today
 declares school choice to be the unfinished agenda of Brown v. Board of
 Education.
     "The struggle of African American parents in Kansas, South Carolina,
 Delaware and the District of Columbia to have their children attend the
 schools of their choice forever changed our nation and led to the Supreme
 Court's landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education," says Michelle D.
 Bernard, senior fellow with the Independent Women's Forum.  "As we celebrate
 the 50th anniversary of this landmark decision, American public education is
 still largely separate and unequal.  Our public school system is dangerously
 close to creating a permanent underclass of African American, Hispanic, and
 low income children with little if any hope for the future."
     Since 1970, spending on public education has more than doubled, yet there
 has been little improvement in nationwide test scores and little reduction in
 the black-white education gap. Today, parents and policy makers are
 increasingly embracing school choice as a tool for improving American
 education.
     "Today, people of every race, color and creed are demanding school choice
 as an instrument for education reform," says Bernard. "Sadly, fifty years
 after Brown, the black students at the heart of that historic case are still
 fighting for access to quality education.  School choice is the unfinished
 agenda of Brown.  It is the civil rights movement of this generation and is
 the key to equality for all Americans."
     Today is the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, which the US
 Supreme Court ruled that the doctrine of "separate but equal" has no place in
 public education and that separate educational facilities are inherently
 unequal.
 
     CONTACT:  Louise Filkins of the Independent Women's Forum,
 +1-202-419-1820.
 
 

SOURCE Independent Women's Forum
    WASHINGTON, May 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Independent Women's Forum today
 declares school choice to be the unfinished agenda of Brown v. Board of
 Education.
     "The struggle of African American parents in Kansas, South Carolina,
 Delaware and the District of Columbia to have their children attend the
 schools of their choice forever changed our nation and led to the Supreme
 Court's landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education," says Michelle D.
 Bernard, senior fellow with the Independent Women's Forum.  "As we celebrate
 the 50th anniversary of this landmark decision, American public education is
 still largely separate and unequal.  Our public school system is dangerously
 close to creating a permanent underclass of African American, Hispanic, and
 low income children with little if any hope for the future."
     Since 1970, spending on public education has more than doubled, yet there
 has been little improvement in nationwide test scores and little reduction in
 the black-white education gap. Today, parents and policy makers are
 increasingly embracing school choice as a tool for improving American
 education.
     "Today, people of every race, color and creed are demanding school choice
 as an instrument for education reform," says Bernard. "Sadly, fifty years
 after Brown, the black students at the heart of that historic case are still
 fighting for access to quality education.  School choice is the unfinished
 agenda of Brown.  It is the civil rights movement of this generation and is
 the key to equality for all Americans."
     Today is the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, which the US
 Supreme Court ruled that the doctrine of "separate but equal" has no place in
 public education and that separate educational facilities are inherently
 unequal.
 
     CONTACT:  Louise Filkins of the Independent Women's Forum,
 +1-202-419-1820.
 
 SOURCE  Independent Women's Forum