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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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
May 17, 2017
‘I am a product of the South Bronx’: One student on how the city’s high school choice process failed her
A new group called Teens Take Charge recently hosted an open-mic event featuring the voices of high school seniors from across the city. Here's what they said.
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…
April 28, 2017
Three Indianapolis schools recognized for diversity, but local efforts to integrate are still underway
Among this year's 244 "National Magnet Schools of Distinction" are Center for Inquiry Schools 2, 27, and 84, all part of the Indianapolis Public Schools district.
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.
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 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…
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.
on the move
January 19, 2017
City panel approves controversial move of P.S. 452, part of Upper West Side rezoning
The debate over moving P.S. 452 fueled a larger conversation about school segregation on the Upper West Side.
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
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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