2006 Archive

Panel to Examine Legal Challenges to Voluntary School Desegregation

Dean Christopher Edley, Jr., and Assistant Professor Goodwin Liu will join a panel of legal and educational experts on Tuesday, October 17, at Boalt Hall for a discussion on how voluntary school desegregation policy will affect public school children in California and throughout the nation. What’s at Stake? Examining Legal Challenges to Voluntary School Desegregation Programs and the Impacts on Children, Families and Neighborhood will bring together scholars, school leaders, and the community for a look at the political and historical dimensions of school desegregation policy. The program will also feature a discussion of two cases scheduled for review by the U.S. Supreme Court this fall that address the constitutionality of using race-conscious school assignment to create or maintain racially integrated K-12 schools.

The event is part of the 2006 Fall Forum hosted by the Center for Cities & Schools within UC Berkeley’s Institute of Urban and Regional Development. It is co-sponsored by the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity and the Graduate School of Education. In addition to Edley and Liu, speakers include David Pearson, dean of the Graduate School of Education; Ingrid Seyer-Ochi, assistant professor of education and former teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District; and Michele Lawrence, superintendent of Berkeley Unified School District. The program begins at 6 p.m. in 100 Boalt.