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February 12, 2018
Indianapolis writer wonders if ‘our discomfort was rooted in prejudice’ when he didn’t get his child’s first school choice
"We simply saw a school with lots of poor kids in a poor neighborhood, and our parental instinct — impulsive, judgmental, illogical — kicked in."
January 16, 2018
Tennessee’s mediocre teacher training programs prompt ‘interventions’ with university presidents
Armed with sobering data, state officials meet with top brass at universities where programs have grown out of touch with the needs of K-12 classrooms.
January 5, 2018
Seeking a new direction, this Memphis elementary school is turning to young black men for leadership
The trio of young black male administrators stand out in the world of elementary education. Nationwide, only 2 percent of K-12 educators are black men.
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…
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…
October 25, 2017
New York City tweaks admissions at an elite middle school, sparking an uproar
The city wants Medgar Evers College Preparatory School to enroll more students with disabilities. Parents fear this is part of plan to overhaul the school's admissions.
'Teach Us All'
October 13, 2017
Netflix documentary on school integration spotlights New York City but troubles some activists
With a film crew rolling, Hebh Jamal boarded the subway before dawn to start her commute to Beacon High School in Manhattan’s Theater District…
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
‘It was much uglier on the adults’ part than the kids’: Reflecting on efforts — past and present — to integrate P.S. 191
Chalkbeat interviewed current and former parents, students and staffers to compile a history of the school's integration struggles.
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 27, 2017
I’m on a Community Education Council in Manhattan. Mayor de Blasio, we need to move faster on school integration
The diversity plan the city released this month is a beginning. However, the black and Hispanic children of this city do not have decades to wait for us to make change.
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 15, 2017
Here’s what male teachers of color want their districts to know about them
They're in high demand but also exiting the profession at a high rate at a time when Tennessee is making investments to diversify its teaching workforce.
June 6, 2017
The country’s largest school system — and one of the most segregated — just released its ‘school diversity’ plan. Here are the highlights
New York City’s long-awaited plan for school diversity was released Tuesday morning, with surprisingly little fanfare.
May 25, 2017
Advocates call on Chancellor Fariña to take ‘morally necessary’ steps to end school segregation
The state has one of the most segregated school systems in the country and advocates have been pushing for years for a wide-scale remedy.
May 10, 2017
What motivated my students to memorize Shakespeare: Another teacher saying it was ‘too hard’
Sean Davenport, the principal of Thurgood Marshall Academy For Learning And Social Change in Harlem, shares the story of his own journey from lackluster student to school leader.
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 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.
April 5, 2017
New York state plans to use new federal education law to help integrate schools
New York is looking to measure integration and possibly use it as an intervention in schools under the new federal education law.
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
Year In Review: New York’s biggest education moments of 2016
These were some of the key moments in education policy and practice for New York in 2016.
December 2, 2016
New York City officials: Large-scale school desegregation plan likely coming by June
The city says its long-awaited school integration will likely be released by the end of the school year.
November 18, 2016
‘Our resolve has never been stronger’: Nashville school board commits to diversity in post-Trump America
Nashville education leaders have a message for the city’s diverse population: All students are welcome, regardless of citizenship or immigration status.
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 7, 2016
Bureaucratic delays hobble Lower East Side school integration efforts, council members say
Community Education Council members said bureaucratic delays at the city Department of Education could put school integration plans a year behind schedule.
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.
August 30, 2016
Here’s what five Latino students have to say about their school experience in Memphis
Students offer insights during a high school rally sponsored by Latino Memphis in partnership with Shelby County Schools.
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.
August 3, 2016
A look at the 935 new teachers joining Denver Public Schools this year
The new cohort of teachers highlights a perennial problem for Denver Public Schools: too few teachers of color.
July 15, 2016
As America’s students grow more diverse, a leading researcher explains how schools can adapt
A conversation with Teachers College Professor Amy Stuart Wells, who organized an first-of-its-kind conference on diverse schools.
July 15, 2016
Weekend Reads: Why affluent parents have outsized influence in diverse schools
Plus, a colorful school rating system, inside the Democratic party's education platform, what "Pokemon Go" teaches us about learning, and more in this week's must-reads.
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."
June 20, 2016
Only 8 percent of New York City teachers are men of color. Here’s how the city is trying to change that
The status quo leaves thousands of students without role models who resemble them, and without teachers who research shows tend to have higher expectations of them.
June 15, 2016
New report: Top-scoring black and Hispanic middle schoolers not making it into specialized high schools
Only 16 percent of black and Hispanic students who score highly on state tests make it to the city's specialized high schools.
June 9, 2016
Getting black and Hispanic students into specialized schools remains a challenge, even for programs designed to help
A program to promote diversity at the city's specialized schools is actually is helping more white and Asian students get into those schools.
New Screening Process
May 26, 2016
DPS takes steps to get more students of color into magnet programs for the highly gifted
With Denver Public Schools' magnet programs for highly gifted students heavily skewed toward white students, the district has taken steps to diversify the program.
April 11, 2016
How one program is using frank conversations to help students choose the best college
OneGoal, which is now in eight New York City schools, recruits educators to teach a course on how to apply to college and make the transition to a new environment.
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.
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.
diversity in decline
Updated March 7, 2016
Even fewer black and Hispanic students win seats at city’s elite high schools this year
Just 4 percent of offers to the eight specialized high schools went to black students, while 7 percent went to Hispanic students.
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 15, 2016
Why some New York City high schools that were designed to be diverse aren’t
The city is expanding the number of high schools who admit students with a pre-set mix of academic abilities. But there’s a problem: At many schools, it’s not working.
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.
Updated December 7, 2015
As city promotes dual-language programs, it selects 15 as models
The city has selected 15 schools with outstanding dual-language programs to serve as models for other schools.
November 20, 2015
Here are the newly allowed diversity plans at seven city schools
The city announced Friday that it's giving the go-ahead to seven elementary schools who had asked to change their admissions policies to promote diversity.
getting the green light
Updated 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.
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.
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