Public schools in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont are growing ever more racially diverse. In the fall of 2014, the UCLA Civil Rights Project released a report on trends in racial diversity and integration in public schools in Northern New England, entitled, Diversity in the Distance: The Onset of Racial Change in Northern New England Schools. The report offers suggestions on how the local community can avoid the racial segregation between schools that has taken root in other areas of the country by addressing persistent issues ahead of demographic changes. At 6:00 p.m. on April 2nd, the White Barn Center for Research will host the author, Jennifer Ayscue, at the Maine Historical Society in downtown Portland. Ayscue will present the report, and a panel discussion about how Maine can work to create diverse educational environments will follow. Panelists include:

  • Emmanuel Caulk (Superintendent of Portland Public Schools)
  • John D’Anieri (Head of Harpswell Coastal Academy)
  • David Ruff (Executive Director of Great Schools Partnership)
  • Doris Santoro (Associate Professor of Education, Bowdoin College)
  • Mara Tieken (Assistant Professor of Education, Bates College)
  • Grace Valenzuela (Director of the Multilingual and Multicultural Center, Portland)

About the Civil Rights Project: “Founded in 1996 by former Harvard professors Gary Orfield and Christopher Edley, Jr., the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles is now co-directed by Orfield and Patricia Gándara, professors at UCLA. Its mission is to create a new generation of research in social science and law, on the critical issues of civil rights and equal opportunity for racial and ethnic groups in the United States. It has commissioned more than 400 studies, published 14 books and issued numerous reports from authors at universities and research centers across the country. The U.S. Supreme Court, in its 2003 Grutter v. Bollinger decision upholding affirmative action, and in Justice Breyer’s dissent (joined by three other Justices) to its 2007 Parents Involved in Community Schools decision, cited the Civil Rights Project’s research.”

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