Real Equality in Education Remains Elusive

June 5, 2014 | National Journal

Article by Libia S. Gil, Assistant Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition

This year the nation will commemorate two historic actions taken to protect equal rights: the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education—the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that abolished state-sponsored segregation in public education—and the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

We are left with an important question: Has the promise of Brown and the Civil Rights Act been fulfilled?

Most people agree that despite progress made, educational equity and opportunity remains out of reach for many students from diverse language and cultural backgrounds.

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