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For Immediate Release: August 13, 2003
ASA Office thru 8/13/03 (202-383-9005, ext. 332); thereafter,
at the ASA Press Office at Atlanta Hilton 404-221-6825,

August 13, 2003

Race and Education: A Look at the American Education System

"Race" as a social concept is very real in its consequences, especially within American society’s education system where racial and ethnic segregation persist. A press briefing at the American Sociological Association’s (ASA) Annual Meeting will discuss the meaning of race within the education system, the importance of surveying race, the effects of persisting segregation, and the racial policy implications of programs such as vouchers.

Three sociologists (Caroline Hodges Persell, Roslyn Mickelson, and Pamela Barnhouse Walters) will present their findings on the relationship between race/ethnicity and education. Persell will discuss the comparative education systems between the United States and other nation’s education policies and the importance of understanding the history of social relationships based on race. Mickelson will discuss how segregation contributes to the black-white race gap in SAT scores. Walters will the politics of the current school reform movements (i.e., vouchers and funding equalization) intended to create greater equality in American elementary and secondary education.

What: Press briefing discussing the relationship between race and ethnicity within America’s current education system.

Who: William T. Bielby, University of California-Santa Barbara and ASA President (moderator); Caroline Hodges Persell, New York University; Roslyn Arlin Mickelson, University of North Carolina-Charlotte; Pamela Barnhouse Walters, Indiana University.

When: Monday, August 18, 2003; 2:30-3:30 PM

Where: Paulding Room, 2nd Floor, Atlanta Hilton Hotel, Atlanta, GA

For more information contact: Johanna Ebner, Public Information Officer, (202-383-9005 x332, or Lee Herring, Director of Communications (cell 202-297-3149,

Journalists are invited to attend Annual Meeting events August 16-19. Press facilities will be located at the Hilton Atlanta in the Cherokee Room (404-221-6825).

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