Scholars to present education research

On race-conscious school assignment prior to Supreme Court arguments

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear Oral Arguments in two education cases on race-conscious school assignment, the American Educational Research Association (AERA) will brief journalists on the social science knowledge and critical research findings that the Court should consider. The Media Briefing will emphasize what is known from research about short- and long-term consequences of students being educated in diverse environments. Oral Arguments will take place on Monday, December 4, 2006 in these two cases:

  • Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No.1, et al

  • Crystal D. Meredith, Custodial Parent and Next Friend of Joshua Ryan McDonald v. Jefferson County Board of Education, et al

These two cases address whether school districts can voluntarily consider race as a factor in assigning children to elementary and secondary schools.

Briefing Speakers

Legal Context and the Importance of Education Research
Angelo N. Ancheta, J.D., M.P.A., Counsel of Record for the AERA Amicus Curiae Brief Assistant Professor, Santa Clara University School of Law

Research Perspectives: Connecting to What We Know

Student Achievement
Roslyn Arlin Mickelson, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte


Consequences of Integrated Schools: Workplace Transition, and Interpersonal Relationships
George L. Wimberly, Ph.D.
Director, Social Justice and Professional Development at AERA


Effects of Demographic Changes on Schools and Communities

Gary Orfield, Ph.D.
Director, Civil Rights Project at Harvard University
Professor of Education and Social Policy, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Moderator: Felice J. Levine, Ph.D.; AERA Executive Director

The American Educational Research Association (AERA), the national interdisciplinary research society committed to the advancement of education research and its sound uses, filed an Amicus Curiae Brief on October 10, 2006. It highlights the scientific research base and shows evidence of the benefits of racially diverse schools. AERA's full brief may be read on the Association's Web site: http://www.aera.net/default.aspx?id=1456.

Holeman Lounge at the National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor; Washington, D.C.
Briefing Starts at 9:30 a.m.; Continental Breakfast at 8:45 a.m.

Contact: AERA Communications (202) 223-9485, exts. 134 or 104, or outreach@aera.net

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