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Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 3:44am

Brown Vs. Board Of Education Ruling Changed School For Rural Whites As Well As African Americans

60 years after the Supreme Court ordered schools to desegregate, some educators say true integration looks as unattainable as ever.

One of them is Cindi Chance, Dean of the College of Education at Georgia Regents University in Augusta.

Blacks and whites living in separate neighborhoods has resulted in de facto school segregation across the south, she said.

"People tend to live in communities where they feel comfortable, with people like themselves," Chance said. "We've proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that busing is not the answer to integrate schools."

Saturday marks the 60th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling that ordered schools to integrate.

Georgia did not integrate its schools as ordered until more than a decade later. But, Chance said, the Court ruling did have immediate effects on black students and rural whites like her.

"Separate but equal was the law, and so many school systems built new schools for African American kids, but did not build new schools for poor rural kids. So at that point, many of our fathers and mothers said 'hey, wait,'" she said.

The resulting wave of school building for rural whites put an end to the one-room school house, Chance said.

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