The Washington Post, May 2, 2018

After the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka ruling, declaring as unconstitutional state laws permitting separate public schools for black and white students, some whites in the South resisted by opening private schools or by creating white-only public school districts.

Progress was made toward desegregation for decades after the ruling, but public schools have been resegregating for years, and this piece explains one way that it is happening. There is a new school secession movement that has been growing, and authors Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, Erica Frankenberg and Sarah Diem look at how it is playing out now in Memphis and other places.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018