NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: GAO School Segregation Report “Confirms” What We Known, $7 Million Lawsuit Filed In Disturbing Police Rape Case


GAO Report On Segregation In America’s Schools “Confirms Exactly What We’ve Known”

It’s been 62 years since the US Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case Brown versus the Board of Education decision that school segregation was unconstitutional. Yesterday, on the anniversary of the Brown decision, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on K-12 education that confirms what many have feared for years. 

The GAO’s report says America’s public schools continue to be segregated by race and poverty leading to inequities in education. Other key findings in the report include:

  • 65 percent of all high poverty schools are populated by at least 75 percent of students of color.
  • Black and Hispanic students have poverty rates that are 2-to-3 times higher than the rates of White students.
  • Hispanic students tend to be “triple segregated” by race, economics, and language.

To combat these issues, Democrats from the the Congressional Committee on Education and the Workforce have introduced the Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act.

Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League and Rep. Bobby Scott joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss the Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act and the findings of the GAO report detailing the level of segregation in America’s schools.

Bernie Sanders Supporters Turn Violent, Threaten Nevada Democratic Chair

The fallout from last weekend’s Nevada Democratic Party Convention continues to play out on the national stage, revealing an angry and violent side of a few of Bernie Sanders‘ supporters.

After Nevada Democratic Chairwoman Roberta Lange passed new rules by a voice vote deeming more than 60 of Sanders’ delegates ineligible, supporters of the candidate became angry and issued threats against Lange.

Lange’s cell phone number was leaked, leading to more than a thousand calls, text messages, and a few death threats.

Symone Sanders, National Press Secretary for the Sanders campaign, spoke with Roland Martin during Wednesday’s edition of NewsOne Now about the violent threats made against Nevada Democratic Chairwoman Roberta Lange.

$7 Million Lawsuit Filed In Disturbing Police Rape Case

Maleatra Montanez says former Syracuse, New York police officer Chester Thompson forced her to have sex with him after she called for help on Valentine’s Day 2015.

Officer Chester Thompson admitted to having consensual sex with Montanez and was never prosecuted for rape. The 40-year-old reported the assault on the same day and took a rape kit.

Thompson was eventually charged and convicted of official misconduct, a misdemeanor, and sentenced to three years probation. The officer was suspended from the police department shortly before his March 2015 arrest.

Montanez has now filed a $7 million lawsuit against Thompson, the city of Syracuse, police Chief Frank Fowler, and former internal affairs Captain Thomas Galvin, alleging that Thompson had a known history of sexual malfeasance that should have been investigated sooner.

The Daily News’ Shaun King spoke with Roland Martin about the disturbing Montanez rape case, which draws parallels to the Daniel Holtzclaw case.

King explained the former Syracuse cop was not prosecuted for rape because of a strange stipulation in the law that is just for police in the state. According to King, this provision says if a police officer forces himself upon a woman and if the woman does not fight back or scream, the assault is considered “misconduct and not rape.”  


All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.

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