Podcast: a conversation with Bracey Harris about school segregation and reopening in COVID

Bracey Harris reports on education in Mississippi for the The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit education news service based at Columbia Teachers College. Her stories illuminate the systemic effects of race and poverty while keeping the spotlight where it belongs — on the children, parents, teachers, and others who have the most at stake. Bracey is a native Mississippian, and she puts her heart into every story she reports. In this conversation, we discuss a series of articles published earlier this year about the persistence of school segregation 50 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered immediate integration of Mississippi’s schools in Alexander v. Holmes Co. Board of Education. We also spoke about the preparations for reopening schools during the COVID pandemic and the consequences of the patchwork set of plans.

 

Articles referenced:

‘You can’t help but to wonder’: Crumbling schools, less money, and dismal outcomes in the county that was supposed to change everything for Black children in the South

‘We’re stronger than we’ve ever been’: A Mississippi district shows that integrated schools pay off

Why Black families are choosing to keep their kids remote when schools reopen

Local control of schools leads to a patchwork of reopening plans

Homework in a McDonald’s parking lot: Inside one mother’s fight to help her kids get an education during coronavirus

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