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April 3, 2018
Three things we heard about educational equity during #MLK50
Five decades after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., segregation remains a major barrier to achievement for students of color, according to a panel of experts.
By the numbers
March 29, 2018
Memphis school segregation worse than 50 years ago
And without a re-entry of white families into the city’s school system and massive policy changes, the segregation will only worsen, say academics.
March 26, 2018
Tennessee opened a Pandora’s box by lifting the ban on new school districts. Now on to the details.
With more towns exploring whether to start their own school systems, state lawmakers say a deeper study is in order. Now the question is the study's scope.
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 11, 2018
What’s on deck at the March Regents meeting? A lot of charter school business.
Twenty charter schools will be discussed, in some capacity, by the board on Monday.
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 27, 2018
Denver should seize on this moment to better integrate schools, report says
The report from A Plus Colorado offers several recommendations for how to do that.
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."
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
January 24, 2018
Denver wants more affluent schools to prioritize enrolling poor students
Thus far, the results of a pilot program have been mixed.
January 11, 2018
New York’s most segregated school districts can now apply for integration training
Twenty-two districts are eligible to apply for integration-training grants, including 11 districts in New York City.
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 12, 2017
Gentrification is changing Denver schools. These recommendations aim to address that.
One recommendation: Denver Public Schools should create a clear and community-driven process for consolidating under-enrolled schools.
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…
By the numbers
December 5, 2017
New York City expands integration program, adding the prestigious Bard high school in Queens
The program affects a tiny fraction of city students. But it has been one of the most tangible steps taken by the de Blasio administration toward addressing segregation.
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 22, 2017
What happened when Denver prioritized enrolling low-income students at some affluent schools
The goal was to increase socioeconomic integration in a gentrifying city.
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.
November 9, 2017
Parents at a selective middle school fear an influx of ‘unscreened’ students
A proposal to close a struggling middle school could have ripple effects on its neighbor: A diverse, high-performing school in the same building.
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.
October 23, 2017
New York City inches towards a diversity plan for middle schools in a segregated Brooklyn district
After sustained pressure from advocates and elected officials, the New York City education department is taking steps towards a plan to promote diversity in middle…
October 17, 2017
Do ‘good’ parents prep their kids for gifted exams? The answer varies by race, study finds
Is getting your child into a gifted-and-talented program a mark of good parenting? How you answer may depend largely on your race or ethnicity, according to new research.
'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…
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.
September 5, 2017
A top state education policymaker benefited from integration. Now, he wants to bring it back.
Now, Brown, a lawyer in Rochester, is in charge of making sure students across New York state today have the same opportunity he did some 50 years ago.
August 31, 2017
Park Slope principal cleared of communist recruiting, but still faces discipline on other violations
Bloomberg's attorney disputed the substantiated findings as "totally baseless."
August 28, 2017
When school districts resegregate, more black and Hispanic students drop out
After courts lift school desegregation orders, students of color are more likely to drop out —the latest signal that school segregation harms black and Hispanic kids.
August 16, 2017
Silicon Valley’s school integration paradox: More black and Hispanic students get to college — and get arrested
New research on schools in Silicon Valley comes to a familiar conclusion: Poor black and Hispanic students get a leg up by attending a less segregated school.
August 8, 2017
Critics say NYC’s progressive mayor isn’t doing enough to integrate schools. Here’s why he might be dragging his feet.
It was summer of 2016, and a school rezoning fight was raging on the Upper West Side. The battle over where kindergartners…
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 27, 2017
Here’s what New York City students told top state officials about school segregation
The students were invited to speak at the Board of Regents' July meeting.
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.
What's in a name?
June 12, 2017
State’s draft diversity statement addresses ‘segregation,’ a word the mayor’s plan avoided
Unlike the city, the state isn't mincing words in its draft statement to encourage school integration.
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.
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.
May 26, 2017
Students demand a say in New York City’s school integration plans
New York City students will rally on the steps of City Hall on Saturday afternoon, calling for action to integrate schools and demanding that students have a voice in the process.
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.
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 21, 2017
Head of Democrats For Education Reform blasts DeVos, calls push for vouchers a ‘sideshow’
Chalkbeat sat down with DFER’s president Shavar Jeffries to ask, what now?
May 17, 2017
‘I didn’t realize that an A in Harlem was not the same as an A in a majority-white high school’: One student’s discovery
A new group called Teens Take Charge recently hosted an open-mic event featuring the voices of high school students from across the city. Here's what they said.
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