School segregation / integration

The process kept me so busy that I had little opportunity — or incentive — to dwell on the inequities.
M.S. 51 principal Neal Singh will leave to work for District 15’s superintendent. Pui-Lam (Jack) Chan, from New Utrecht High School, will take over on Feb. 1 as interim principal.
After a vote of no confidence in M.S. 51 principal Neal Singh, more than 40 teachers signed a grievance alleging a pattern of harassment of union members, the largest such grievance in union history, officials said.
“The way I lead today has a lot to do with my experiences from the outcomes of the Keyes case,” Principal Michael Atkins said.
The wide-ranging conversation touched on the definition of diversity in a multiracial and multiethnic school system, and how to incorporate the views of parents when their opinions and platforms vary so widely.
Other districts could learn from what worked — and what didn’t — in Brooklyn’s District 15.
Monday could mark the beginning of the end for affirmative action in higher education. The cases could also portend changes to K-12 schools.
“Focus on selecting a school that is a good fit for your student and not whether it’s a ‘good school’ or not,” one expert said.
Middle schools admissions screens existed at hundreds of schools before the pandemic, but were paused for the past two years.
Some of the city’s selective high schools became more diverse after admissions screens were reduced during the pandemic.
Chancellor Banks said students who work “really hard” should have priority access compared with “the child you have to throw water on their face to get them to go to school every day.”
Families across the five boroughs are already mounting letter-writing campaigns and petitions for and against schools that use screens for admissions.
Overall, high school applications are down amid declining enrollment, but more students are getting accepted into top-choice schools.
NYC education officials are adding more than 1,000 seats, most of them as new programs that start in third grade. The city’s gifted programs are deeply segregated.
The vote is unlikely to have an immediate impact on school budgets, but delays in approving a formula could hamper principals’ ability to plan and hire staff.
A bill before lawmakers stems from a decade-long dispute after suburban towns seceded from the newly merged Memphis district.
David Banks noted that the process at some of the city’s coveted “screened” schools is a lottery this year, which has resulted in backlash from parents of students with high grades.
Nearly four years after families and advocates filed a lawsuit saying New Jersey schools are unlawfully segregated, a judge is set to decide whether the state must remedy the situation.
A veteran of the Civil Rights Movement and a Newark organizer and historian, Williams spoke about his life and the ongoing fights over Black history and school integration.
A new bill would create a division in the New Jersey education department to study school segregation and propose solutions.
GreatSchools and other rating sites unfairly penalize schools with more students of color, new research finds.
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