The Best of Our Knowledge
11:42 am
Mon July 30, 2007

The Best of Our Knowledge # 880

Albany, NY – ANALYSIS OF U.S. SUPREME COURT DECISIONS
ON SCHOOL INTEGRATION -
After months of anxiety among both proponents and opponents
of public school integration, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a close
5 to 4 decision, ruled that the use of race in student assignment
policies by the Seattle and Louisville, Kentucky school districts
violated the rights of white petitioners whose children were denied
admission to the schools of their choice. Reaction was swift, and
often not favorable, like this statement from Senator Ted Kennedy.
Kennedy said the court's decision turns back the clock on equality
in our schools...making it far more difficult for local school boards
to voluntarily bring students of different races together in the
classroom. To get a complete and detailed analysis of the high
court's ruling, TBOOK spoke with famed attorney, Philip Lacovara.
Lacovara has practiced law since the 1960s and since the 70s has
litigated numerous cases before the Supreme Court. He's also
taught law at several universities and colleges including
Georgetown and Columbia.
Jim Horne reports. (9:47)

DAILY LESSONS: INSIDE WESTERN GUILFORD HIGH SCHOOL DOCUMENTARY SERIES -
WHAT ARE KIDS LEARNING -
Do you remember what you learned in high school? Often, much of
what's taught stays the same year after year. And from generation
to generation. For some subjects, sameness may be good. But for
other areas of curricula, modernization can bring new vitality to old
topics. As part of this documentary series, Daily Lessons, we went
inside classrooms to find out just what students are learning these
days. TBOOK gets this next chapter from Greensboro, North Carolina.
Emily Hanford reports. (8:07)