Rise & Shine: On the 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board

Good morning,

It's been 65 years since the U. S. Supreme Court declared segregated public schools were unconstitutional. On this anniversary of the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision, we have gone through our archives and pulled some of our stories and highlighted some from other media outlets on the issue.

In other news, our cover story today takes a closer look at how California-based Aspire Public Schools will turn over operations of its four Memphis schools to a new local charter school organization.

Also, did you know our monthly “How I Teach” newsletter just turned one? To celebrate, we’d like to invite more people to the party. Sign up here or share this link with friends and colleagues who might appreciate a monthly dose of teacher wisdom and inspiration — plus a roundup of current education news.

And one more thing. We still want to hear from you. What lessons did you learn this school year? Please share them in our survey. We'll publish a selection of responses next week.

Have a great weekend!

Jacinthia Jones, bureau chief





HISTORIC CASE Schools in Memphis are more segregated now than the were 50 years ago. Chalkbeat (2018)

An interview with Ruby Bridges, who became the face of school integration as the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in New Orleans in 1960. Chalkbeat (2017)

More than half a century after 13 black first-graders pioneered integration of schools in Memphis, historical markers will go up in their honor at the four schools they attended. Chalkbeat (2015)

To mark the anniversary, students in New York are taking to the streets to spread the stories of their own experiences with segregation. Chalkbeat

After all these years, a new report says that while Brown vs. Board may have led to desegregation in other parts of American society, it has been unsuccessful in its stated mission: to integrate public schools. The Washington Post

Brown had an unintended consequence:  Tens of thousands of black teachers and principals lost their jobs as white superintendents began to integrate schools but balked at putting black educators in positions of authority over white teachers or students. EdWeek

CHARTER TRANSITION Four months after a California charter operator decided to hand off its Memphis schools to a newly created, locally based charter school organization, a transition plan sheds light on what the spin-off could look like. Chalkbeat

DISTRICT SHOWCASE A Shelby County Schools rally was an effort to promote public education as a whole instead of as a collection of different schools. The Daily Memphian

BUDGET INCREASE The Metro Nashville school board is asking for a $76.6 million budget increase, which includes a 10% raises for teachers rather than 3% that Mayor David Briley proposed. WTVF

STEM SCHOOLS Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn announced that 11 MORE schools have received the Tennessee STEM School Designation, which recognizes schools that promote and implement rigorous STEM-related learning in the classroom. The Chattanoogan

COURT SETTLEMENT Hamilton County school board members finally learned the settlement amount for one of the 2015 Ooltewah High School rape victims this week. Chattanooga Times Free Press