Looking Back, Moving Forward
In March 2013, the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education, the University of Richmond Center for Leadership in Education and the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, convened national and local researchers, policymakers, educational practioners, advocates, community members and students for a conference on the campuses of Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond.
The conference focused on the contemporary scope and impact of Richmond metro-area school segregation, with a central goal of generating new possibilities and regional solutions for advancing high quality, diverse learning opportunities.
The idea for the conference came from the fortieth anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that blocked the consolidation of the Richmond, Henrico and Chesterfield school districts. Since then, desegregation efforts have proceeded without suburban involvement in the Richmond City school system, a city that has experienced significant white and middle class flight to the surrounding counties.
This website is dedicated to exploring the issue as presented during the 2013 conference and to continuing the dialogue opened during the conference on the issues of race, class, opportunity and school boundaries in the Richmond region.