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On April 10, 1994, The Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at New York University's School of Education sponsored its third conference on the impact of the famous "Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka" decision. Fourteen discussion groups analyzed the following questions: What was the promise of "Brown," and has that promise been fulfilled? Discussion groups explored the most efficacious strategies for achieving the promise of "Brown" in the present context. They also examined the more fundamental question of whether the "Brown" decision had been the giant step forward that most civil rights leaders a generation earlier had assumed it would be. This document summarizes the major points raised by the discussion groups, including those that pertained to other factors of racism: continued segregation, voluntary segregation on the part of blacks, integration versus quality education, the multicultural movement, tracking as the most recent form of segregation, local school financing, and the movement away from commitment to social programs of the 1960s. The issues provoked heated disagreements among participants as well as consensus in some areas. (LMI)

Descriptors: Blacks, Civil Rights Legislation, Court Litigation, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Opportunities, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Racial Discrimination, Racial Integration, Racial Segregation, Track System (Education)

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Author: Johnson, Donald


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