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Public School Segregation: Not a Thing of the Past

It’s been sixty-three years since the Supreme Court, in the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, ruled that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. The drive to end segregated education and to put African-American and white children in the same classrooms was arguably the most radical and potentially far-reaching aspect of the civil rights movement. Yet modern public schools in the U.S. are increasingly divided by race and class. Last Week Tonight‘s John Oliver reports on the troubling trend towards school resegregation.