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Thursday, May 13, 2004

Topeka 50 Years After Brown

The Washington Post has an interesting article looking at integration of the public schools in Topeka, Kansas 50 years after the landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education ending official segregation:

Today, the mayor of Topeka is black, as is the school superintendent. "I am a direct beneficiary of Brown," said James A. McClinton, 42, who became mayor last year. The court ruling enabled him to "attend desegregated schools and get some of the best education Kansas has to offer."

But McClinton and others say the revolution wrought by Brown is fragile and incomplete. As whites leave the city for the suburbs, maintaining racial balance in Topeka schools is an increasingly complicated juggling act. Even more alarming, blacks and Hispanics continue to trail whites significantly in educational achievement.

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