Prof. Brittain in GreenwichTime.com on School Integration
Monday, November 24, 2014
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
UDC Law Professor John Brittain has been quoted extensively in an article on the ongoing struggle to integrate the Greenwich, Connecticut Schools. For the full story, click HERE.
Here are a few excerpts:
"John Brittain, a law professor at the University of the District of Columbia, and a member of the original counsel team in the landmark Hartford school desegregation case Sheff v. O'Neill, said Greenwich is following the law by formulating a plan for integration. But he said the town, and particularly the state, should do more.
Goals and timetables for racial balance are a "proven effective measure for civil rights compliance," he said.
He also said sanctions similar to the ones the federal government has used for No Child Left Behind should be available to enforce the mandate."
"A diverse educational experience also has an advantage for Caucasian students because they will be comfortable living in a nation and a world where they are becoming the numerical minority," he said.
This year, for the first time ever, white students do not make up a majority of students enrolled in U.S. public schools.
"It produces a higher aspiration for living in a diverse world and more comfort in a diverse world, and reduces bias and prejudice," Brittain said. "And it has a corollary effect of raising achievement and raising aspirations and goals."