Elise C. Boddie - Struggling for the Soul of Public Education: Lessons from the Frontlines of the Battle to Integrate Public Schools in New Jersey

Lecture | March 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Social Science Matrix Conference Room (8th floor)

 Elise C. Boddie, Rutgers Law School

 Othering and Belonging Institute

Decades of research point to significant educational and social-emotional benefits from integration. Yet public schools across the country continue to be highly segregated, raising questions about why integration is relatively scarce in public education. Most explanations lie with the significant limitations of federal constitutional law and white resistance. Drawing on lessons from the frontlines of the battle to integrate public schools in New Jersey--which has perhaps the best state law in the country for integration--Professor Boddie will discuss the peculiar challenges of northern integration and the demand it creates for multiple solutions that move beyond a strict focus on court-centered remedies.