The city of Westminster will officially recognize the historic Mendez v. Westminster school desegregation case by building a bike trail on Hoover Street, passing through the elementary school site that was central to the 1947 lawsuit.
An article in the Los Angeles Times describes how the two-mile bike trail along an unused railroad right-of-way would begin on Hoover at Bolsa Avenue, end at Garden Grove Boulevard and include educational information about the case and possibly commemorative public art.
The Westminster City Council unanimously approved the proposal at its meeting this week.
The case, which included plaintiffs from the districts of Westminster, Santa Ana, Garden Grove and El Modena, ended segregation in Orange County schools, seven years before the Brown v. Board of Education did so nationally. In February, it was also the subject of The Deeper Learning Podcast’s first episode.
Here are some other education stories that caught our attention this week:
The Orange County Department of Education on Tuesday named the 2018 Orange County Teachers of the Year. An entourage, dubbed the ‘Prize Patrol,” made up of county Superintendent Dr. Al Mijares, media and other officials burst into the classrooms of the six recipients with the surprise announcements.