In conjunction with the Ohio Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
, the Cincinnati Educational Justice Coalition is co-hosting a Teach-In during the week of the Poor People's “40 Days of Action” that will uplift the moral revival that “Education is a Human Right”. Part of the evening will be a presentation of the newly released, myth-shattering report “Failing Brown v. Board” from Journey 4 Justice
that exposes deep inequities in public education across race and class.
From the Journey for Justice Press Release:
The Journey for Justice Alliance, a national network of community-based organizations in 31 cities, released its report “Failing Brown v. Board” which illuminates just how inequitable public education remains today, largely across racial lines. Through examining course offerings at high schools in 12 cities (and one elementary in Chicago), this report, which is backed by substantial research shows how black and brown students are denied “access to inspiration” in comparison with their white, more affluent peers. “Failing Brown v. Board” was released on the first day of the “Poor People’s Campaign.”
“In America, inequity is ignored as children in the same city have two completely different educational experiences and the dividing line in many cases is race. Every American child and their family have the right to a high-quality neighborhood public school from grades pre-k through 12. We aren’t asking for a handout in this report, we are demanding a fair return on our tax investment,” said Jitu Brown
, National Director of the Journey for Justice Alliance. “Without access to great equitable public schools, we are failing an entire generation of students and their families solely based on the color of their skin and their socioeconomic status.”
This shattering myth report, its findings, and multiple statewide educator walkouts have pushed national and local organizers to call for a “new Brown v. Board” initiative for educational equity.
“As parents this report is true to our lived experience. We must have zero tolerance for inequity and demand justice for every child now,” Zakiyah Ansari, a New York public school parent and advocacy director of the Alliance for Quality Education. “We choose equity, not the illusion of school choice”
Excerpt from the Report’s Introduction:
«Today, as a new “Poor People’s Campaign” raises a national demand for moral revival, the Journey for Justice Alliance reveals the truth emerging from Black and Latino schools across the country: our children continue to be subject to systemic racism, poverty and inequities in our public schools.
The fact is, public schools in Black and Latino communities are not “failing.” They have been failed.
More accurately, these schools have been sabotaged for years by policy-makers who fail to fully fund them, by ideologues who choose to experiment with them, by “entrepreneurs” who choose to extract public taxpayer dollars from education systems for their own pockets.
Repairing this breach in opportunity will require an overdue and bold commitment from policy-makers at all levels to acknowledge and address the harm from institutional racism and racist policies that have undermined efforts to improve schools in Black and Brown communities across the nation. We reject the age-old notion that money doesn’t matter since it’s proven to be false, or that these failings are the fault of our children or their families.
We also know what successful, fully-resourced schools look like: They offer a culturally relevant, engaging and challenging curriculum, smaller class sizes, more experienced teachers, wrap-around emotional and academic supports, a student-centered school climate and meaningful parent and community engagement. These are the hallmarks of what Journey for Justice calls sustainable community schools. These schools exist by the thousands across the country. But they rarely exist in communities struggling with poverty. We are seeking these schools—the schools that all our children deserve—in our communities.»