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March 16, 2018
These 11-year-old Brooklyn students are asking New York City to do something about segregated schools
While they learned about the history of segregation, a group of Brooklyn 11-year-olds took a good look around their classrooms and realized their…
March 7, 2018
Coming to a borough near you: Mayor de Blasio’s School Diversity Advisory Group hits the road with a series of town halls
The group will kick off a series of town hall meetings on Thursday in the Bronx, the first in a tour of public workshops that will take place in every borough.
February 12, 2018
When diversity backfires: How schools can lose funding as they try to integrate
For years, M.S. 442 Carroll Gardens School for Innovation served mostly low-income students. But with more well-off families picking the Brooklyn school than ever before,…
January 30, 2018
Who’s who on New York City’s School Diversity Advisory Group
The task given to the group, which began meeting last month, is to evaluate the city’s current proposals and recommend additional ways to promote school integration.
the right mix
January 25, 2018
How to integrate Manhattan middle schools? This parent says make them enroll a mix of low- and high-achievers
Shino Tanikawa is part of a small but growing group of advocates trying to combat segregation in New York City by reforming how students are assigned to schools
December 26, 2017
New York City students share why they’re fighting for school integration
New York City schools are among the most segregated in the country, and students are playing a growing role in the budding movement to do something about that.
December 11, 2017
Just as Lower East Side integration plan takes off, superintendent who helped craft it steps down
The longtime superintendent of the Manhattan community district where parents pushed for a plan to desegregate the local schools is stepping down just as the…
December 6, 2017
New York City must move faster to combat school segregation, lawmakers say
Ahead of a city council hearing Thursday where lawmakers are set to grill the de Blasio administration on its plan…
November 29, 2017
In a district aiming for integration, can New York City sway parents’ school choices?
New York City officials are hoping that an unused corner of a Lower East Side elementary school will help achieve what has long eluded this…
November 20, 2017
Five months in, crucial part of New York City’s school diversity plan begins to take shape
Five months after New York City officials announced a much-anticipated plan to address school segregation, an advisory group that is supposed to help put…
November 16, 2017
As school districts push for integration, decades-old federal rule could thwart them
Districts across the country want to use federal money for school buses to help with desegregation, but an old spending restriction could get in the way.
November 14, 2017
In a growing push to promote school integration, New York announces new round of grants
The state will award up to 30 districts with the new grants, whose purpose has expanded beyond just economic integration.
October 26, 2017
With critical parents now on board, New York City will move forward with district-wide diversity plan
The New York City education department has finally won over some parent advocates who said officials disregarded the community’s vision for an integration plan.
September 12, 2017
Prodded by advocates, city unveils district-wide integration plan for Lower East Side
The plan’s goal is for each school’s share of disadvantaged students to match the district’s.
September 11, 2017
I covered Tennessee’s ed beat for Chalkbeat. Here’s what I learned.
Reporter Grace Tatter shares six things about public education that she learned on the job at the Statehouse — and now takes with her to graduate school.
August 4, 2017
What New York City students learned about Christopher Columbus when their own classroom was ‘discovered’
In order to truly integrate, advocates say educators need to take a close look at the lessons they teach.
July 7, 2017
In launching new charter schools, former Success Academy lawyer aims for integration
Given her close ties to Success, Emily Kim’s schools are likely to be closely watched.
June 28, 2017
New York City’s school diversity goals could be met just through changing demographics, report finds
When New York City recently released its plan to spur school diversity, advocates praised the city for setting specific goals while skeptics said the…
June 21, 2017
City pols’ report questions the fairness of starting new gifted classes in third grade
Most gifted programs start in kindergarten, with admission based on the results of formal tests.
June 6, 2017
New York City is finally releasing its school diversity plan. Here’s what it says about pre-K and middle school admissions
Whether either change will lead to significant integration is an open question.
May 30, 2017
City Councilmen Brad Lander and Ritchie Torres sign on to letter calling for citywide plan to desegregate schools
The city is expected to release a "bigger vision" plan by June to encourage school diversity.
By the numbers
May 24, 2017
NYC middle schools, pre-Ks meet diversity targets — and more high schools join initiative to spur integration
The four middle schools in the diversity program all met -- or surpassed -- their set-aside targets in making offers to incoming students.
May 17, 2017
A new study shows where people live — not school districts — is to blame for continuing segregation in Indiana
This is true even as Indiana sees a growing share of non-white students. IU conducted the study along with the Civil Rights Project at UCLA.
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 plan…
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 to…
April 27, 2017
The thorny problem of segregated schools and Denver’s newest plan to address it
Denver Public Schools' plan for a new committee to address school integration unfolds as a new report illuminates the district's segregation problem.
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.
February 28, 2017
How many students apply to each NYC school, how many get in, and where do they come from? We could soon find out
A proposed bill would require the city to report more information about school applications, including the zip codes of students who are accepted and rejected.
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 as…
the right mix
February 10, 2017
How two Manhattan moms are trying to convince their peers that integration is good for everyone
Their effort is rooted in an understanding of how race and class impact student achievement, and how academic screening can shut vulnerable students out.
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 7, 2016
The fight continues: Parents file appeal in Upper West Side school rezoning
The ongoing fight has come to symbolize a dual problem: deep segregation in many schools, and a zoning process that makes it hard, if not impossible, to integrate them.
November 22, 2016
Finally, a school rezoning plan for the Upper West Side is approved
After months of debate, the District 3 Community Education Council approved a controversial plan to alleviate overcrowding and integrate schools on the Upper West Side.
October 27, 2016
Fifty years after landmark Coleman report, does diversity in schools still matter?
Diversity in schools still matters, perhaps more than ever, according to a panel of experts convened by Vanderbilt University.
October 3, 2016
Students who broke color barrier in Memphis schools 55 years ago say there’s still work to do
Bruce Elementary School honors three of the 13 former students known as the ‘Memphis 13,’ who bridged the racial divide in Memphis schools in 1961.
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.
August 2, 2016
Race and education in Nashville: Author Ansley Erickson on the hidden policy choices that sustain inequality
Ansley Erickson's book details the desegregation and subsequent resegregation of Nashville’s public schools, tracing today’s educational inequalities to their roots.
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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.
June 29, 2016
Starting this week: Stories on racial divide in Indianapolis schools as integration busing ends
Starting today, Chalkbeat will publish a series of stories in collaboration with the Indianapolis Star and WFYI.
calling for backup
March 9, 2016
Educators on front line of desegregation debate say city must take the lead
A panel of educators, parents, and a student spoke about school segregation Tuesday, with some calling on the city to more aggressively tackle the issue.
August 25, 2015
‘Opportunity Lost’ author on poverty, race and the biggest challenges in transforming Memphis schools
In a Q&A with Chalkbeat, educator and author Marcus Pohlmann talks about the impact of race, poverty and funding on schools in Memphis and Shelby County.
March 17, 2015
Former board member: Racial isolation persists in Denver schools
Former DPS board member Laura Lefkowits shared research on the history of desegregation efforts in Denver Public Schools as the 20 year anniversary the end of busing approaches.
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