January 15, 2020 PROGRAMMING

Education & Democracy

A Four-Part Webinar Series

About the Webinar Series

This series—Education and Democracy—will explore the significance of access to quality education as a prerequisite for meaningful participation in American democracy. Building upon the U.S. Supreme Court's observation in the case of Brown v. Board of Education that "education is the very foundation of good citizenship," this series examines how education shapes democratic participation in a variety of significant ways.

Panelists will be announced as they are confirmed.

Education and Democracy: Exploring the significance of access to education as a prerequisite for meaningful participation in American democracy.

Education and Democracy: Exploring the significance of access to education as a prerequisite for meaningful participation in American democracy.

Co-Sponsored by:

Division for Public Education
Standing Committee on Election Law
Center for Public Interest Law
Center on Children and the Law
Section of State and Local Government Law
The Section's African American Affairs Committee

The Educated Citizen—Education as Preparation for Civic Participation

Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020
Time: 3:00 p.m.  – 4:30 p.m. EST
Format: Webinar

Panelists

  • Peter W. Cookson, Jr., Senior Researcher, Learning Policy Institute; Managing Director of the think tank Education Sector and Founder of the Equity Project at the American Institutes for Research
  • Lisa Holder, Of Counsel, Equal Justice Society
  • Michael A. Rebell, Executive Director, Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University, suit for right to civic education 
  • Kimberly Robinson, Elizabeth D. and Richard A. Merrill Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law and Professor of Education and Curry School of Education and Human Development, University of Virginia

Moderator

  • Janel George, Co-Chair, Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity Committee, Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, American Bar Association & Co-Chair, Education Committee, Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, American Bar Association

Program Description: The series launches with this foundational program that will explore how quality education helps prepare informed and engaged citizens. Speakers will address the importance of quality education that includes civics and how denial of such an education hinders participation in democratic institutions, like voting.

The Erosion of Disparate Impact and Future of Civil Rights in Education

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020
Time: 3:00 p.m.  – 4:30 p.m. EST
Format: Webinar

Moderator

  • Janel George, Co-Chair, Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity Committee, Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, American Bar Association & Co-Chair, Education Committee, Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, American Bar Association

Program Description: The next program will explore the disparate impact legal theory and its significance for protecting civil rights in education and addressing discrimination in a variety of areas, including school discipline disparities. Speakers will explore the history and significance of disparate impact as a leading legal theory and how recent attempts to erode it can impact students' civil rights and access to educational opportunities. 

The Price Paid for Brown—Desegregation and the Expulsion of Black Teachers from the Teacher Workforce 

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2020
Time: 3:00 p.m.  – 4:30 p.m. EST
Format: Webinar

Moderator

  • Cynthia Swann, Co-Chair, African American Affairs Committee, Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, American Bar Association & Co-Chair, Education Committee, Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, American Bar Association

Program Description: Speakers will address the historical role of black educators in school desegregation efforts and the retaliation they faced as a result, which effectively expelled them from the workforce. Speakers will also address efforts to recruit and retain diverse teachers and protect their civil rights.

Democratization of Resources—Resource Inequities and Educational Opportunities

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2020
Time: 3:00 p.m.  – 4:30 p.m. EST
Format: Webinar

Moderator

  • Janel George, Co-Chair, Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity Committee, Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, American Bar Association & Co-Chair, Education Committee, Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, American Bar Association

Program Description: The closing program will examine how a variety of discriminatory practices--housing segregation, school segregation, and transportation inequities--combine to perpetuate resource inequities in districts serving high numbers of students of color and students from low-income families. Leading civil rights litigators will discuss efforts to address these inequities, including exploring the establishment of a federal civil right to education and implications of such a right.