The Urban/Suburban Educational Divide: Racial Inequities and Shifting Landscapes

Held on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

Schools in urban and suburban locations can vary immensely in quality, increasing the importance of where we send our kids to school. But why are some schools better than others? How has America’s notion of a good school deepened educational and racial inequities? The IOC and the BU Wheelock Educational Policy Center (WEPC) held a discussion on efforts to ensure students have access to a great education, and why integration efforts to close the urban-suburban divide leave some students caught in between, while others are stuck on one side.


John Rury, Professor Emeritus, University of Kansas School of Education and Human Sciences; and author of Creating the Suburban School Advantage: Race, Localism, and Inequality in an American Metropolis

Milly Arbaje-Thomas, President & CEO, Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO)

Cliff Chuang, Senior Associate Commissioner for Educational Options at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education