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Many US preschoolers remain racially segregated at school

Feb 3, 2020

Young children can benefit greatly from exposure to racial and ethnic diversity during a crucial formative period in their lives, according to a Penn State education professor. However, recent research indicates that a high degree of segregation in American preschools could be hindering students…

School district secessions shown to have deepened racial segregation

Sep 4, 2019

Since 2000, school district secessions in the South have increasingly sorted white and black students, and white and Hispanic students, into separate school systems, weakening the potential to improve school integration, according to a new study published today (Sept. 4) in AERA Open, a peer-…

Presidential debates launch faculty member into national spotlight

Aug 6, 2019

When Erica Frankenberg co-founded the Center of Education and Civil Rights with colleague Liliana Garces, her goal was to address the racial, ethnic, economic and linguistic segregation that continues to permeate schools across our nation. Although more than six decades have passed since school…

What school segregation looks like in the US today, in 4 charts

Jul 19, 2019

By Erica Frankenburg, for The Conversation Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris, a senator from California, has spoken about how she benefited from attending Berkeley’s desegregated schools. “There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public…

New research details increasing segregation in a transformed school population

May 13, 2019

As the nation prepares to mark the 65th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling declaring segregation in public schools unconstitutional, the UCLA Civil Rights Project and the Penn State Center for Education and Civil Rights today (May 10) published new research detailing…

Conference, podcast examine school segregation 65 years after Brown decision

May 6, 2019

In the Brown v. Board of Education decision, Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote that integrated public education was an important part of a democratic society and the "very foundation of good citizenship." Integrated schools, the court argued, would expose children to new cultures and…

National symposium to mark 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

Apr 9, 2019

To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, the Center for Education and Civil Rights and the Africana Research Center at Penn State will convene Brown@65, a national symposium of education, law and policy scholars and practitioners, May 10 on Penn…

SSRI Spotlight: Ericka Weathers

Dec 5, 2018

As a current assistant professor within the Department of Education Policy Studies, Ericka Weathers uses quasi-experimental methodologies to examine the impact of structural inequality on educational opportunities and outcomes in topic areas such as school finance, school discipline, academic…

Frankenberg participates on national panel about school integration

Jul 24, 2018

Erica Frankenberg, associate professor of education (educational leadership) and director of the Center for Education and Civil Rights at Penn State, was one of four panelists who will present "School Integration 2018," a briefing on past progress, present threats and future opportunities, that…

Frankenberg's research featured in The Washington Post

May 11, 2018

Back to the future: A new school district secession movement is gaining steam by Valerie Strauss 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…

Frankenberg answers five questions about about school secession

Apr 12, 2018

by Erica Frankenberg, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, and Kendra Taylor, PhD Student, Pennsylvania State University, for "The Conversation" Editor’s note: The word “secession” is often used in reference to states or countries that wish to break off and form their own government. But…
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Frankenberg reviews report about school and residential segregation

Feb 12, 2018

Balancing Act: Schools, Neighborhoods, and Racial Imbalance, published by the Brookings Institution, takes up the important task of considering school and residential segregation by exploring the racial makeup of schools compared to their proximate neighborhoods. Professors Genevieve Siegel-Hawley…