FEATURING EMMANUEL FELTON – The Gardendale school district in Jefferson County, Alabama has become the focus of national attention for splitting off from more diverse school districts and upending decades of racial integration efforts. Jefferson County has been under a desegregation order from courts going all the way back to the era of the Supreme Court’s historic Brown Vs. Board of Education decision.
Where there were once 5 school districts within the county, there are now more than double that number as white enclaves have split off to form their own monochromatic school systems. Gardendale’s school district is on the forefront of that effort and is the subject of a new investigative piece in the Nation Magazine about how American schools are resegregating by race and how our judicial system is signing off on it.
Read Emmanuel Felton’s article ‘The Department of Justice Is Overseeing the Resegregation of American Schools’ HERE.
Emmanuel Felton, staff writer at The Hechinger Report and a contributor to The Nation. His investigation, “The Secession Movement in Education,” is produced in partnership with The Hechinger Report and appeared on the cover of the September 26/October 2 edition of The Nation.