Unequal Education: How the Brown v Board of Education Decision can be Applied in Rural West Virginia

By Rebecka Flynn.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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There are many cases of environmental injustice taking place in Appalachian Coal Country against the people of Appalachia by the coal industry. This paper looks in depth at one instance of possible environmental injustice; the case of Marsh Fork Elementary School located at the heart of Appalachian Coal Country, West Virginia. At this school students attend class in a building located next to a coal processing plant and coal sludge dam and reservoir. Using the principles explained in Brown v Board of Education, this paper analyzes whether or not the school has met their obligations to the children who attend the school. Focusing on, whether or not having a coal processing plant and coal sludge dam and reservoir next to the school was a violation of the children’s rights set forth in that decision, and was the school district obligated by these principles to give the students a new school, not located next to the coal processing plant and coal sludge dam and reservoir.

Keywords: Appalachia, Coal, Education, Environmental Injustice, Environmental Policy

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 970.008KB).

Rebecka Flynn

Student, Political Science, Environmental Science and Policy, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY, USA

I am currently a junior at Hartwick College with a political science and German double major, with two inter-disciplinary minors in environmental science as well as policy and peace and conflict studies. Currently, I work with several non-governmental organizations helping to get better environmental protection policy passed in America. I work on my campus with the Pine Lake office for sustainability, helping to make Hartwick a cleaner, safer place.


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