PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2020 

Climate change is on the radar for rural voters in Iowa. Plus, the Senate impeachment rules.

2020Talks - January 21, 2020 

Candidates attended the Iowa Brown & Black Forum in Des Moines, and answered tough questions about their records on race. It was MLK Day, and earlier many were in South Carolina marching together to the State Capitol.

High Court Ruling on School Segregation Means...What for CA?

July 2, 2007

Too many schools in California have the same school "colors," according to racial justice watchdogs dismayed by the new Supreme Court ruling on school segregation. Tammy Johnson, of the Applied Research Center in Oakland says the ruling has caused confusion. She says while it struck down specific desegregation plans in two states, there was also a majority ruling that race can be connected to the quality of public education.

"Race can be a factor when it comes to government taking a moral obligation to ensure equal opportunity for children."

Johnson believes California is the perfect example of a state that needs a plan that will work in the best interest of children. She says school segregation goes beyond the classroom walls, and solving inequality means a bigger-picture view is needed.

"A lot of the problems that we have in our public schools have to do with the property tax base within a school district, and how housing is still very racially segregated."

As a result, she notes, the state leads the nation in terms of continued school segregation among Blacks and Latinos, and that 75 percent of high school seniors of color will not complete the courses they need to enroll in the state's public colleges.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - CA