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The effects of Milwaukee school desegregation efforts, 1992

Impact of School Desegregation in Milwaukee Public Schools on Quality Education for Minorities...15 years later


In 1965 the NAACP and Milwaukee attorney Lloyd Barbee filed a lawsuit charging that the Milwaukee school board practiced and allowed discrimination, setting off a decade-long legal struggle to integrate the city's public schools. In January of 1976, Federal Judge John Reynolds ruled that Milwaukee Public Schools were indeed segregated unlawfully. In response, the Wisconsin Legislature enacted a program to aid in the implementation and promotion of integration in Milwaukee schools. The plan was approved by Judge Reynolds in 1979. Fifteen years later, the Wisconsin Advisory Committee began studying the effects of the desegregation program and its impact on the quality of education received by Milwaukee students.

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Related Topics: Wisconsin's Response to 20th-century change
Desegregation and Civil Rights
Creator: United States Commission on Civil Rights. Wisconsin Advisory Committee.
Pub Data: Washington, D.C.?: The Commission, 1992. (CR 1.2: M 64)
Citation: "Impact of school desegregation in Milwaukee Public Schools on quality education for minorities... 15 years later." (Washington, D.C.?: The Commission, 1992); online facsimile at http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1100 Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1100; Visited on: 4/23/2014
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