This week I reflect on going to St. Paul’s Longfellow Elementary School in the 1970s.  Drawing on research from a 2017 Law & Inequality article by Bojan Manojlovic and a 2005 report by the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor I discuss the efforts to desegregate Minnesota schools in the 1970s.  A 2014 report by the UCLA Civil Rights project found school segregation is as high today as in the 1960s, before school desegregation efforts began.

I also describe the rise and fall of open school design at Longfellow Elementary in St. Paul and the bomb threats that were part of a bizarre trend Francis Wheen describes in his book Strange Days Indeed.  The Longfellow Elementary building was taken over by Four Seasons Elementary in 2011.  Finally, I highlight the recent initiative by Mayor Melvin Carter to eliminate fines at St. Paul public libraries.

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