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Stern pens op-ed for The Advocate on voting rights for people on probation and parole

April 20, 2018
UW-Madison's Walter Stern recently published an op-ed in The Advocate examining voting rights for people on probation and parole, and the history of Louisiana's 1974 Constitution.

Walter Stern
Stern is an assistant professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Policy Studies

"Louisiana currently strips 71,000 residents of their right to vote because they are on probation or parole following a felony conviction. This practice hits African-Americans hardest. More broadly, it violates the rights all Louisianans are guaranteed under the state’s 1974 Constitution," writes Stern in the op-ed.

Stern's research focuses on the historical intersection of race and education in the urban United States. His current book project, “Race and Education in New Orleans: Creating the Segregated City, 1764-1960,” will be published by Louisiana State University Press in May 2018. The book explores the critical role that schools played in the development of the modern segregated metropolis.

Read the op-ed on The Advocate website.

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