Education in the American South: Where we've been and where we want to go

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The Carter Center

453 John Lewis Freedom Parkway Northeast

Atlanta, GA 30307

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Moderated discussion about education reform in the American South. Discussion from 3 to 5 PM with reception to follow.

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Depending on who you ask, the American South is either a storied, troubled, romantic, tragic, oppressive, communal, hopeless, or hopeful place. It is, at the very least, a work in progress. The education system is a vital piece of that work, at once a long-running challenge and a solution to some of the region's vexing problems. Yet the American South is often overlooked by education reformers, with a handful of notable exceptions centered in a few major cities.

The American South is home to 57 percent of the black students in the U.S., and the student population in the South is poorer and more rural than the rest of the country. Any serious efforts to address the educational needs of low-income, minority, and rural students must include this region.

There are reasons for optimism and compelling examples. But addressing the needs of students in a region that stretches from Richmond, Virginia to Rosebud, Texas and Ocracoke, North Carolina to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma requires deep understanding and nuanced solutions that respond to the diversity of populations, geographies, and resources in the region.

To jumpstart a much-needed discussion about education in the American South, Bellwether has created a comprehensive fact base on the history and current status of the education landscape in the region. It documents key data points; outlines issues of equity, funding, segregation, choice, and accountability; and points to opportunities to accelerate improvement. The day’s discussion will focus on the challenges and opportunities in the region within the context of its unique history and current landscape.

Speakers include:

  • James Dyke, former Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Tina Fernandez, Executive Director, Achieve Atlanta
  • Michael Lomax,President and Chief Executive Officer, United Negro College Fund
  • Penny Schwinn, Education Commissioner, Tennessee
  • Daniel Shoy, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, East Lake Foundation
  • Andrew J. Rotherham, Co-founder and Partner, Bellwether Education Partners (Moderator)

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The Carter Center

453 John Lewis Freedom Parkway Northeast

Atlanta, GA 30307

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