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Join our moderator Stephanie Leydon, executive producer of digital video at GBH News, and panelists Whitney Demetrius, director of fair housing and municipal engagement, Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA), Adrienne Dixson, PhD, executive director, Education and Civil Rights Initiative and professor of educational leadership studies, University of Kentucky, and Ira Jackson, research fellow at the Mossavar/Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School and visiting lecturer, Department of Sociology, Harvard University, for the second in a series examining the lasting impacts of the landmark decision to desegregate Boston’s Public Schools in 1974.


The panelists will explore the relationship between access to affordable housing and educational opportunity in Boston’s public schools nearly fifty years after the school busing crisis. They will discuss the impact of race-based discriminatory housing policies and education funding formulas while addressing the more recent problems of gentrification and housing affordability. How does Boston position itself to compete with its suburban neighbors when it comes to educational outcomes?

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Explore the history of Boston’s busing crisis via the digital archives of The Boston Public Schools Desegregation Project, the GBH Archives, and Suffolk University’s Moakley Archive & Institute.

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