New Education Project and Website Focus on 'Brown' and Beyond
Feature Story by civilrights.org staff - 5/12/2004In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF), in partnership with Qualcomm, Inc., launched its new education reform campaign "Realize the Dream. Quality Education for All," and the campaign's website, www.realizethedream.org.
The campaign and website are intended to celebrate the seminal Supreme Court case of the 20th century and focus public attention on education issues of the 21st century.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary, the site includes basics on Brown, including the history and background of the case, research and online resources related to the case, and a listing of events commemorating Brown throughout the year. The site also features a unique multimedia content, including the campaign's public service ads.
"The Leadership Conference has been committed to equality for more than 50 years," said LCCR Executive Director Wade Henderson. "Brown's 50th anniversary is a perfect time to celebrate our successes, assess the challenges we still face, and map a course for ensuring access to quality education for all children in the future."
Another unique feature of the website is the current information on the status of public schools, where users can obtain report cards for their state's schools and a national report card. The state pages include information on graduation rates, segregation levels, and participation rates in academic enrichment programs, all broken down by race. Users also can link to data for their local schools and districts.
The national report card features all of the state data, in addition to information on the effects of quality teaching and advanced coursework on student performance and the unequal distribution of experienced and qualified teachers.
"We at Qualcomm are so proud to be working on the 'Realize The Dream. Quality Education for All' project with the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund," said Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm, Inc. "I believe strongly in the need to improve instruction in math, science, and technology to ensure opportunity for all our young people."
Other information on realizethedream.org includes links to press releases, audio excerpts from Chief Justice Earl Warren's announcement of the decision, and links to community organizations that promote mentoring programs.