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Urban Education Law and Policy Initiative

Highlighting the Challenges of an Urban Educational System and Advancing Solutions

A debate sponsored by the Urban Education Law and Policy Initiative examined the  issues and societal implications of racial isolation and how it affects the quality of education.

The Urban Education Law and Policy Initiative (UELPI), a collaborative organization founded by law students and Center for Social Justice Clinical Faculty, seeks to facilitate critical dialogue about the various issues facing urban education in an effort to foster innovative solutions.

On March 25, 2009, UELPI hosted a panel discussion, Racially Integrated Education: Legal Barriers and Policy Opportunities for New Jersey and Beyond, with leading experts in the area of education law and policy.  The objective of the conversation was to examine the broader societal implications of racial isolation and its effect on education.  The panelists traded perspectives on topics ranging from the impact of funding in education to the correlation between affordable housing and educational demographics and trends. 

Panelists included Olati Johnson, an associate professor at Columbia Law School and former civil rights lawyer who served as counsel to Senator Edward Kennedy; Dennis Parker, Director of the Racial Justice Program at the ACLU and a veteran school desegregation lawyer; and Paul Tractenberg, a law professor at Rutgers-Newark who founded the Education Law Center and has litigated some of the most important New Jersey cases on educational equality.  Professor Chinh Q. Le, Practitioner-in-Residence with the Urban Revitalization Project and Faculty Advisor to the UELPI, moderated the discussion.

For more information about the UELPI, please contact Professor Le at chinh.le@shu.edu.