School Choice Discourse and the Legacy of Brown

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Fifty years after the Browndecision, and in the context of persistent racial and economic segregation and inequality in schooling, it is still important to examine Brown's legacy. In this focus on school choice, the rhetoric and the ways in which the legacy of Brownhas been emphatically invoked in charter school and voucher debates is studied. Four ways in which Brownis currently raised in school choice debates are identified. Through an examination of these four narratives, the ways in which the school choice debate provides a current, active space for the rethinking of the civil rights movement and its symbols, goals, and legacies are examined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-45
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of School Choice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 5 2006


  • Brown v. board of education
  • Charter schools
  • Race and education politics
  • School choice
  • Vouchers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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