Congressional Briefing (5/19/16)

School Diversity: An Answer to Racial and Economic Segregation
Thursday, May 19, 2016 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
210 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

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Please join us for a briefing about the importance of school diversity, which benefits not just our children, but our society as a whole. Students who attend racially and socioeconomically diverse schools are more likely to achieve higher test scores and better grades, to graduate from high school and to attend and graduate from college. School diversity has been shown to improve workplace readiness, and therefore benefits everyone in today’s global economy. Hear about what the federal government, states, and local school districts are doing to combat racial isolation and what more still needs to be done.

Remarks by:

  • Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA 41)
    Member, Education and the Workforce Committee; Chair, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Education Task Force
  • Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT 3)
    Ranking Member, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee

Keynote Speaker:

  • Sherrilyn Ifill
    President and Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.


  • John Brittain
    Professor of Law, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law
  • Dr. Jennifer Jellison Holme
    Associate Professor of Educational Policy and Planning, The University of Texas College of Education
  • John Mackiel
    Former Superintendent of Omaha Public Schools

If you have any additional questions, please contact James Colligan at or 202-466-8585

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