The Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin: International Journal for Professional Educators
Sixty years ago, Ruby Bridges, a Black first-grade student, entered the all-White William Frantz Public School (WFPS). Her entry into WFPS represented a massive transformation in public education in the United States and embedded the school in the U.S. civil rights movement. Fifteen years ago, following Hurricane Katrina, the rapid increase in charter schools in New Orleans centered WFPS in a second transformation, the movement to reform public education. In addition to these two seminal events, a more complete history of WFPS provides justification that these landmark transformations be commemorated rather than celebrated.
Schaffer, Connie L.; Viator, Martha Graham; and White, Meg, "The Legacy of William Frantz Public School: Commemoration vs. Celebration" (2020). Teacher Education Faculty Publications. 117.