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PRESS CALL ADVISORY: Rep. Fattah Joins CAP and NCLR to Discuss Racial Funding Inequities in our Nation’s Schools

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Contact: Madeline Meth
Phone: 202.741.6277

Washington, D.C. — On Wednesday, August 22, 2012 as students across the country head back to school, Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA) will join experts from the Center for American Progress and National Council of La Raza on a press call to release a new report that explores the racial inequities in funding that still persist in our nation’s schools.

The speakers will discuss the paper’s sobering finding that across the country students of color are being shortchanged as schools continue to spend significantly more on white students. The experts will also address potential solutions to this pressing civil rights challenge.


Hon. Chaka Fattah, Pennsylvania’s 2nd Congressional District

Erika Beltran, Senior Policy Analyst, National Council of La Raza

Ary Spatig-Amerikaner, Report Author

Cynthia Brown, Vice President for Education Policy, Center for American Progress


Wednesday, August 22, 2012
10:00 a.m.


(877) 210-8943
Conference ID # 22786436


To RSVP, or for further information, please contact Madeline Meth at or 202. 741.6277.

**Please note that this call will be recorded. By participating in this call you consent to being recorded.**


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