But as our society diversifies, broadening the circle of opportunity has become a matter not only of equity but also of competitiveness.
The National Center for Educational Statistics recently projected that minorities will become a majority of the K-12 public-school student body for the first time in 2014—and that majority will steadily widen.
Bush and the author of 's original aim of promoting integrated schools.
But that change only adds greater urgency to the decision's broader goal of ensuring all young people the opportunity to develop their talents.
That demographic transformation is both reinvigorating and reframing decision was a genuine hinge in American history.
Although its mandate to dismantle segregated public schools initially faced "massive resistance" across the South, the ruling provided irresistible moral authority to the drive for legal equality that culminated in the passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts a decade later.
Hispanics, now the largest minority group, are likewise making clear gains but still trail whites and blacks on the key measures of educational attainment, on some fronts substantially.
's core mission of encouraging integration can best be defined as unfinished.
The problem arose when she was turned away by the school principal who insisted on implementing the school’s policy of segregation (Cozzens, 1998).
After the principal of the elementary school for Whites refused to admit Linda, her father, Oliver Brown, sought the help of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).