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Stern speaks with WWNO about role schools played creating a segregated New Orleans

May 25, 2018

New Orleans Public Radio (WWNO) recently interviewed UW-Madison’s Walter Stern about his new book that focuses on the historical intersection of race and education in that city.

Race and Education in New Orleans book coverStern is an assistant professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Policy Studies. Earlier this month, his new book, “Race and Education in New Orleans: Creating the Segregated City, 1764-1960,” was released.

As the New Orleans Public Radio report explains: “When talking about the history of education in this New Orleans, school reformers often point to the problems in the school system in the decades before Hurricane Katrina: financial mismanagement, corruption and abysmal graduation rates. But one education researcher has recently written a book taking a longer view.”

The report continues: “New Orleans native and University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Walter C. Stern went all the way back to 1764. His book, “Race and Education in New Orleans: Creating the Segregated City,” is the history of how New Orleans schools were used to funnel the city’s limited resources to white residents for more than 200 years. It’s also the story of how black residents have fought tirelessly for educational equality.”

To read the entire report, or to listen to WWNO education reporter Jess Clark’s interview with Stern, visit this New Orleans Public Radio web page.

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