Brown V. Board Of Education Of Topeka, 347 U.s. Essay

1191 Words Sep 16th, 2016 5 Pages
In 1954, the United States Supreme Court delivered the decision in one of the most controversial, pivotal educational and societal cases in American history, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483. This landmark Supreme Court case in which the Court declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students to be unconstitutional. This ruling appeared to apply to all minority groups of children as well as the common practiced racial segregation of the current time period. “The Brown decision led the way to a growing understanding that all people, regardless of race, gender, or disability, have a right to a public education.” However, more groundbreaking legal decisions and bold legislation would be needed to provide for equal and quality educational opportunities for all children including those with special needs. At first glance, this would appear to be a needless restatement of a basic human right in society that has prided itself on its free public education for more than a century. But, although a few states had good special education programs in the past, many parents learned the hard way that appropriate education for their handicapped child cost more than public education could, or would, pay.
While there was a national agenda in the 1970s to enact special education legislation, at the grassroots level, parents were at the core of the power of the advocacy movement. For parents, advocacy is characterized by “politics of…

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