Brown v. Board of Education opened many doors of opportunity, but too many remain closed. School choice can open some more.
Longtime school choice advocate Howard Fuller and a high-profile panel will reflect on that theme tonight at a National School Choice Week event in South Florida. To watch it live, just come back and view it here at 6:15 p.m.
You can also keep tabs via Twitter @redefinedonline. Search for #SCW and #FLschoolchoice.
In the meantime, here are some more thoughts on the links between Brown v. Board and school choice from some of the panelists you’ll be hearing from.
T. Willard Fair, former chairman, Florida Board of Education; president, Urban League of Greater Miami:
While we were victorious in fighting for school choice nearly 60 years ago, the struggle continues. Choice is still an issue for many low-income children who come from the wrong side of the tracks. The Urban League of Greater Miami has made education and school choice the focal point of its work for over 50 years because access to quality education is still one of the most pressing civil rights issues of our times. This is not to sound somber or overly critical of the great strides we have made with Brown vs. Board of Education. However, we cannot be ignorant to believe that the victory of 60 years ago assuaged all of our “Black or Brown” educational issues. The need to access quality education is still alive and evident in Florida with more than 60 percent of Black children reading below grade level.