Public schools are in danger of losing racial and socioeconomic diversity. Busing policies intended to achieve racial diversity in Montgomery County (VA) and Charlotte-Mecklenburg district (NC) schools were struck down in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond just a few days ago, both the Nando Times and the Washington Post report. Quickly following the decision, two black parents in North Carolina appealed the decision, fearing that the decision will resegregate schools, leaving black and poorer children with fewer resources than others (Nando Times). U.S. District Judge Robert Potter ended busing practices in a ruling in favor of seven white parents who claimed such policies amounted to discrimination against whites. Busing, a thirty-year-old solution to a problem that does not seem to be disappearing, works to counter segregation in public schools that occurs from housing patterns that result in racially isolated areas. A similar case is pending in Boston, MA, where a local school’s affirmative action policy was recently struck down.
Media Resources: Boston Globe, Nando Times, and Washington Post - October 8, 1999
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
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The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
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"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .