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May 11, 2017
Mayor de Blasio: I can’t ‘wipe away 400 years of American history’ in diversifying schools
After promising a “bigger vision” for creating more diverse schools, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday seemed to temper expectations for the city’s soon-to-be-released…
The big sort
May 5, 2017
Extreme academic sorting brings vastly different graduation rates in New York City high schools
High school graduation rates vary by about 38 percentage points among New York City schools, depending on the school’s admissions method. That’s according…
Teens Take Charge
April 27, 2017
New York City students and podcasters team up to share stories of inequity in schools
Teens Take Charge wants to give students a voice when it comes to issues they know well: what goes on in their own schools.
April 19, 2017
With New York City expected to unveil school diversity plan soon, advocates want the public to have a say
Advocates will ask the city to include “robust public involvement” in any diversity plan the city puts forward.
April 17, 2017
Does gifted education help pave the way to specialized high schools? Here’s what we know
The way Sam Adewumi sees it, the lack of diversity in New York City’s elite specialized high schools is largely a pipeline problem.
April 6, 2017
More children took gifted tests in the Bronx and Brooklyn, but the number of children qualifying stayed the same
The number of entering kindergartners who took the test went up 14.5 percent.
February 14, 2017
NYC Chancellor Carmen Fariña on pre-K diversity struggles: ‘This is parent choice’
Chancellor Carmen Fariña is again drawing criticism from school integration advocates — this time for appearing to excuse racially segregated pre-K programs…
January 11, 2017
NYU’s David Kirkland explains the ‘transformation’ needed to integrate the city’s schools
A new NYU resource center aims to give desegregation advocates guidance and support.
January 5, 2017
Brooklyn parent council dives into debate on how to integrate middle schools
In December, City Councilman Brad Lander announced a proposal to reserve a percentage of seats in all District 15 middle schools specifically for…
December 22, 2016
In Brooklyn’s segregated District 15, a plan to boost diversity emerges
parent leaders say more comprehensive reform is needed to take advantage of the district's unusual potential for diversity.
December 22, 2016
Race Matters: How America’s schools wrestled with segregation in 2016
In a year where race dominated the national conversation about identity and equality, American education systems grappled with issues of integration and segregation.
December 22, 2016
Year In Review: The winners and losers of New York’s struggle with desegregation in 2016
From successful strides toward integration to thwarted efforts to inequities that are only just starting to get attention, here’s where New York stands.
December 8, 2016
Harlem parents want more time to weigh in on school rezoning and merger
For parents, elected officials and advocates, the plan in Harlem has grown to symbolize larger issues: school segregation and the impact of charter schools.
November 29, 2016
Desegregation as a human right: New York City Councilman proposes ‘Office of School Diversity’
The bill would create an Office of School Diversity aimed at tackling deep segregation in the nation’s largest school system.
October 20, 2016
12 more New York City schools will experiment with admissions rules to boost diversity
For the first time, the “Diversity in Admissions” program includes middle and high schools, with a total of 19 schools now participating.
October 19, 2016
Drowned out of Upper West Side rezoning battle, desegregation advocates fight for a broader plan
"We don’t want it to be taken off the table. We don’t want rezoning to be the end result.”
October 18, 2016
Rebuffing city’s plans, local education council offers its own vision for controversial Upper West Side rezoning
“We intend to control our own fate. We will not have a plan dictated to us by the Department of Education, by City Hall."
October 14, 2016
Study finds explosion in the number of school districts working on integration
“New York has made an important and good start in this effort.”
October 5, 2016
Five New York City school districts putting integration on the map
As the school year ramps up, so do plans to integrate New York City classrooms.
September 29, 2016
New diversity plans, same disputes in Upper West Side school rezoning
One school may implement a diversity plan for admissions, but parents who would be zoned out of high-performing P.S. 199 continue to push back.
September 21, 2016
Segregation isn’t just the city’s problem: Why Indianapolis Public Schools can’t integrate on its own
If IPS wants integrated classrooms, it needs to find ways to lure middle class families into city schools or establish collaborations with neighboring communities.
September 19, 2016
Upper West Side parents still fighting rezoning plan that would diversify schools
The city has drawn up another plan to relieve overcrowding and integrate Upper West Side schools, but parents still need to be won over.
August 29, 2016
New York Appleseed’s new diversity director wants to enlist more students in the push for integrated schools
"I think if you ask students, they’d be fully happy and totally for being in diverse schools," said Matt Gonzales, school diversity director for New York Appleseed.
By the numbers
August 23, 2016
In Detroit and across the U.S., school district borders segregate in a dramatic way
The starkest dividing line in the country separates Detroit from neighboring Grosse Pointe Schools, according to the report.
August 22, 2016
Chancellor Fariña: ‘Kids aren’t supermarket items that you can move around’
When Chalkbeat interviewed the chancellor last week, she was proud of her efforts thus far, but mindful of the need to show concrete results.
how we got here
August 19, 2016
When our dream school had no space for my son, I panicked. Then I confronted prejudice I didn’t know I had
I was angry with myself for making assumptions that this school would be unimpressive because it served poor students. But I still couldn't send my son there.
hello from the other side
July 21, 2016
Advocates seize chance to push for Upper West Side desegregation, but face stiff resistance
As a zoning debate highlights the divides among Upper West Side schools, advocates are pushing for district-wide desegregation.
July 18, 2016
How to desegregate New York City’s schools. Now.
This racialized concentration of school poverty creates a persistent achievement gap, and it must stop. Now.
Then and now
July 18, 2016
Separate but excellent: History of Crispus Attucks High School to come to life for kids
Crispus Attucks was the first all black high school in Indianapolis.
sorting the students
July 13, 2016
Brooklyn’s middle schools are highly segregated — but they don’t have to be. How a series of choices has deepened the divide
Stark segregation — by race, class, and ability — undercuts the promise of a Brooklyn district’s choice-based enrollment system.
July 7, 2016
What role should parents play in promoting integration? Nikole Hannah-Jones and two other public school parents weigh in
"This problem will never be fixed on a school-by-school basis. You need leadership from the top, it has to be systemic."
From our archives
June 30, 2016
The end of busing in Indianapolis: 35 years later, a more segregated school system calls it quits
Chalkbeat, the Indianapolis Star and WFYI are teaming up to examine why inequality and segregation continue in Indianapolis 60 years after Brown vs. Board of Education.
March 30, 2016
Lower East Side families get first look at a sweeping plan to integrate schools
If approved, the plan would mark the first district-wide effort by the de Blasio administration to combat New York City's entrenched school segregation.
March 9, 2016
George Washington High student shares views on tolerance, inclusion and wearing a head scarf
Haneen Badri, a senior at George Washington High School, talks with Chalkbeat about intolerance at school and efforts at George to create an atmosphere of inclusiveness.
February 11, 2016
Schools could bend rules through PROSE to boost diversity, officials suggest
Several schools are now eyeing the city’s PROSE program as a way to change their admissions rules, and the city says it will consider their ideas.
February 8, 2016
Hoping to attract gentrifiers, a troubled school gets a makeover and new admissions policy
Low-performing Satellite West Middle School in Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn will soon get a new building, theme, and name. It will also start screening students.
January 6, 2016
In gentrifying Brooklyn, rezoning plan that sparked diversity debate is approved
After a delay meant to give officials more time to meet with affected families, the education council in Brooklyn’s District 13 voted 6-3 to approve the change.
December 31, 2015
City took steps to boost academic diversity in 2015, new report shows
The report was required by the City Council's new School Diversity Accountability Act, which also mandated the release of student demographic data.
Gone but not forgotten
November 25, 2015
Mitchell Montessori: The loss of an integrated school that was working
The story of this Denver school provides a case study of the tension that exists between a desire to integrate schools and allow students to attend schools near home.
getting the green light
November 19, 2015
Exclusive: After year delay, city will allow diversity plans at several schools
The city is expected to let several schools change their admissions policies to ensure diverse student populations, a year after some principals sought permission.
sorting the students
November 10, 2015
In one South Bronx class, students add their voices to growing school segregation debate
Students in the South Bronx believe they have something important to add to the growing school segregation debate.
October 29, 2015
In Denver school board race, a telling divide over what defines a “neighborhood school”
The dueling philosophies and semantics about neighborhood schools are a central narrative in the Denver school board election that will be decided Tuesday.
October 29, 2015
On Upper West Side, Fariña says school integration can’t be forced on parents
Chancellor Carmen Fariña said during a town hall meeting that while diversity benefits all students, integration should not be forced on communities.
October 28, 2015
City moves to delete contentious footnote in admissions rules that limits role of race
Chancellor Carmen Fariña bowed to pressure from advocates to remove a line in the admissions code that limits the consideration of race.
A tale of two schools
October 19, 2015
For two sharply divided Manhattan schools, an uncertain path to integration
P.S. 191 and 199 are neighbors with glaring disparities. Competing plans could help change that — but not everyone is on board.
September 1, 2015
Nearly a year after NYC principals float diversity plans, city has yet to sign off
A group of principals wants to promote diversity through admissions changes, but the de Blasio administration has not approved their requests.
January 24, 2014
ASD leader’s comments bring attention to relationship between charters and school segregation
Though most students it serves are African-American and economically disadvantaged, the Achievement School District's demographics reflect housing patterns and larger-scale demographics trends in schools rather than a new segregation.
November 19, 2013
Shelby County board approves building transfers, settlement with two suburban districts
Shelby County’s school board voted unanimously Tuesday to transfer five school buildings to two of the six suburban cities that plan to break away…
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