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April 9, 2009

CONTACT: KATIE GALLAGHER
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Professor Bowman Presents on Educational Opportunities for Latino Students at UNC-Chapel Hill Conference

East Lansing, MI — Michigan State University College of Law Professor Kristi Bowman recently presented "Pursuing Educational Opportunities for Latino Students" at a conference at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The conference, "Looking to the Future: Legal and Policy Options for Racially Integrated Education in the South and the Nation," was organized by the UNC School of Law Center for Civil Rights, the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, and the University of Georgia Education Policy and Evaluation Center.

This conference focused on the future of public education in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2007 decision in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1 (PICS), which was widely known for placing limits on what school districts can do to deliberately pursue racially integrated schools. The conference aimed to enhance scholarly understanding of the PICS decision and to promote discussion about options available to school districts across the nation in which racial integration remains a priority.

Professor Bowman's participated on the panel "Finding Viable Legal Strategies for Racial Equity Post-PICS." A webcast of the conference will available after April 17th.

With academic interests in Education Law and Policy and Constitutional Law, Professor Bowman has published numerous articles in scholarly journals examining the teaching of evolution in public schools as well as school desegregation. For more information on her research and biography, visit her profile.

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