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Jo Napolitano on The School I Deserve: Six Young Refugees and Their Fight for Equality in America
In a legal battle that mirrors that of the Little Rock Nine and Brown v. Board of Education, journalist Jo Napolitano tells the story of six brave refugee students in Pennsylvania who fought alongside the ACLU and Education Law Center to demand equal access to education.

Napolitano delves into a landmark case in which the School District of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was sued for refusing to admit older, non-English speaking children such as Khadidja Issa, a refugee fleeing the horrific violence in war-torn Sudan, sending them to a high-discipline alternative school instead.

Her new book, The School I Deserve, brings to light this crucial and underreported case, which paved the way to equal access to education for countless immigrants and refugees to come.

Napolitano is joined by GBH News K-12 education reporter Megan Woolhouse, whose breaking news and features coverage has focused on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on school systems throughout Massachusetts.

The Repairing America Initiative is the Boston Public Library's pledge to focus its 2021 programming and services on bridging the gaps that divide America. By prioritizing economic recovery, civic engagement, COVID-19 recovery, racial equity, workforce development, and youth engagement, the BPL is working to help Americans rise above the challenges they face.

May 24, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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