No institution in American life has a far-reaching and outsized role in communities quite like the public school system.
Take a seat, Sidebar listeners, as we dive into the heart of public education and its role in our democracy for our penultimate episode this season. We take you beyond the classroom, looking at landmark rulings like Brown v. Board of Education and highlighting the dual role of public schools: to educate and to unite individuals of various backgrounds in a shared vision.
Gear up to navigate the treacherous waters of the school choice movement with us, from religious schools to church-state separation and the impact on the future of public education.
- Derek Black, law professor at the University of South Carolina
- Steve Suitts, adjunct lecturer at Emory University
- Rachel Laser, president and CEO of Americans United for Separation of Church and State
- John Bursch, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom
- Daniel Mach, director of the ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief
Sidebar tackles the top stories you need to know from the legal world. Join reporters Hillel Aron, Kirk McDaniel, Amanda Pampuro and Kelsey Reichmann as they take you in and out of courtrooms in the U.S. and beyond and break down developments to help you understand how they affect your day-to-day life.
Editorial staff is Bill Dotinga, Sean Duffy and Jamie Ross.
For more from our reporters on school choice:
- Christian club can sue San Jose schools for discrimination, Ninth Circuit rules
- Christianity to make a comeback in Texas public schools under GOP proposals
- Iowa lawmakers approve private school tuition aid
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