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November 14, 2019

Separate and Unequal: How School Investment and Integration Matter for Educational Opportunity and Attainment

Hosted by the Learning Policy Institute, National Coalition on School Diversity, and Stanford Graduate School of Education and Center for Education Policy Analysis

Cover photo for The Federal Role and School Integration: Brown’s Promise and Present Challenges

Sponsored by Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH-11)

Thursday, November 14, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
The Russell Senate Office Building
Kennedy Caucus Room (Room 325)
Washington, DC

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Despite a large body of research showing that school desegregation benefits all students, there is a persistent-but-misguided belief that school segregation doesn’t matter. This briefing shared the research on how school segregation affects student achievement, why school desegregation benefits all students, and what policies can most effectively support school integration.

More than half a century after the passage of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, the nation’s schools are becoming increasingly segregated by race and income, with students of color and students from low-income families concentrated in high poverty schools with less access to the high-quality resources and opportunities that all children need to succeed and become contributing members of society. During this briefing, speakers discussed:

  • New findings from the Educational Opportunity Project at Stanford University, a study of more than 7,500 school districts in the United States documenting the large racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in educational opportunities and success and the role of segregation in those disparities.
  • Findings from the recently published Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works, which used longitudinal data  going back to the 1960s and found that school integration efforts in the 1970s and 1980s were overwhelmingly successful in improving outcomes both in school and later in life.
  • The role of state school finance reforms and federal investments in addressing inequities in educational opportunities and increasing school integration.


  • Linda Darling-Hammond, President, Learning Policy Institute
  • Rucker Johnson, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy
  • Sean Reardon, Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education, Stanford University

Remarks by

  • Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)
  • Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH-11)

Questions? Please contact [email protected].