The Supreme Court’s 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education declared “separate but equal” unconstitutional in public education. The court also stated in Brown v. Board of Education II in 1955 that the integration would proceed “with all deliberate speed,” affirming its 1954 decision and signaling that state and local education officials needed to work with federal judges to manage integration of public schools. The 60-year journey to implement the goals of Brown has produced mixed results.

AEI is convening a group of scholars, practitioners, and advocates to reflect on the court’s decision 60 years ago and what it means for American education in 2015 and beyond. Three panels will cover the legal implications of the decision, demographic changes in schools since 1955, and how to spur innovation and entrepreneurialism to achieve the goals of Brown. Please join for this engaging and timely discussion.

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8:45 AM
Registration and breakfast

9:00 AM
Opening remarks:
Gerard Robinson, AEI

9:05 AM
Panel I: Brown v. Board II 60 years later: Successes, challenges, and next steps
Leslie Hiner, Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
Stephanie J. Monroe, The Wrenwood Group LLC
Thomas A. Saenz, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Mildred W. Robinson, University of Virginia School of Law

Gerard Robinson, AEI

10:20 AM

10:30 AM
Panel II: Demographic changes in public education and the spirit of Brown

Erika Bryant, Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School
Bartley Danielsen, North Carolina State University
Richard Kahlenberg, Century Foundation
Benjamin Scafidi, Kennesaw State University

Gerard Robinson, AEI

11:45 AM

12:30 PM
Panel III: Innovation and the path forward to achieving Brown’s goals

Kara Bobroff, Native American Community Academy
Susan Patrick, International Association for K–12 Online Learning
Gene Wade, UniversityNow
Lawrence D. Wilder Jr., Office of the Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade

Gerard Robinson, AEI

1:45 PM

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