Monday, May 16, 2016

CONYERS, Scott to Unveil New GAO Report on Segregation in Public Schools


**For an embargoed copy of the report, email Shadawn.reddick-smith@mail.house.gov . All materials related to this report are embargoed until 1:30 p.m./EDT on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.**

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, May 17th at 1:30PM, Committee on the Judiciary Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (MI-13) and Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) will host a press conference to unveil the findings of a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on actions needed to reduce racial and socioeconomic segregation, and address disparities in K-12 public schools. Ranking Members Conyers and Scott along with retired Congressman and former Ranking Member George Miller, first requested this report in May 2014.

Dean of the U.S. House
of Representatives
John Conyers, Jr.
Sixty-two years ago, the Supreme Court struck down lawful school segregation in the Brown v. Board of Education decision, stating that education was “perhaps the most important function of state and local government.” The decision also affirmed that education was a right that “must be made available to all on equal terms.” GAO gathered data for this report from the Department of Education and confirmed that race and poverty continue to be a driver for inequities in education, and that housing segregation patterns contribute to school segregation.

WHO:  Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (MI-13), Committee on the Judiciary;  Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), Committee on Education and the WorkforceRepresentative G.K. Butterfield (NC-01), Chair, Congressional Black Caucus; Marc Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League; Nancy Zirkin, Executive Vice President, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
                                                                                                            
WHAT:    Press conference releasing new GAO report on actions needed to reduce racial and socioeconomic segregation, and address disparities in public schools.
                       
                        WHEN:  Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

WHERE:  421 Cannon House Office Building (CHOB), Washington, DC

RSVP:     Media interested in attending Tuesday’s press conference should RSVP to Shadawn.Reddick-Smith@mail.house.gov.

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