Philadelphia, May 17, 2014– Mayor Michael A. Nutter released the following statement on the 60th Anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, which declared state laws establishing separate public schools for African American and white students unconstitutional:
“Today marks the 60th Anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. In a time when separate but equal was thought to be good enough, this case challenged the idea of justice and equality in America.
“At the heart of Brown v. Board of Education was the issue of equal access to a high quality education – an issue as real in Philadelphia’s public education system today, as it was in Topeka, Kansas in 1954. Every year, our students suffer under a patchwork budget of inadequate and unfair funding. We must stop the cycle of one-time fixes and start fully and fairly funding public education in Pennsylvania. It is the only way to ensure equal access to a high-quality education for every student in every District across the Commonwealth.
“I will continue to fight for full and fair funding, including the passage of the cigarette tax, the extension of the 1% Philadelphia sales tax, a student-weighted funding formula and the reinstatement of the Charter School Reimbursement.
“Providing our young people with a high-quality education requires predictable and sustainable education funding. Today, while we remember Brown v. Board of Education, we must also rededicate ourselves to the fight for fair and full funding for public education in Pennsylvania. Just as ‘separate, but equal’ was unacceptable in 1954, ‘separate, but underfunded’, should be unacceptable in 2014.”