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In one Chicago neighborhood, three high schools offer dramatically different opportunities
This story is part of a partnership between Chalkbeat and the nonprofit investigative news organization ProPublica. Using federal data from Miseducation, an interactive database built…
getting to know you
October 10, 2018
Next in the Upper West Side and Harlem integration push: encouraging parents to explore their options
Standing before a classroom of parents crammed into child-sized chairs, Principal Claudia Aguirre launched into her pitch for P.S. 149 Sojourner Truth, a…
September 20, 2018
Brooklyn middle schools eliminate ‘screening’ as New York City expands integration efforts
The changes mark one of the most far-reaching integration efforts under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration.
August 17, 2018
Secret CPS report spotlights big vacancies, lopsided options for students
An unreleased report by a school choice group backed by the business community paints in stark detail what many Chicagoans have known…
August 15, 2018
Carranza aims to speed up anti-bias training for educators, calling it a ‘cornerstone’ of school improvement
The chancellor's goal is to compress the original four-year roll out of the anti-bias training to two.
August 13, 2018
Fair and objective or useless and biased? A Chalkbeat guide to the case for and against New York City’s specialized high school test
When Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan to scrap the exam that serves as the sole entrance criteria for New York City’s…
July 31, 2018
Can a proposal to expand gifted classes help integrate New York City’s specialized high schools?
In the battle to integrate New York City’s specialized high schools, some have argued that the city’s efforts should start…
July 25, 2018
The feds are discouraging districts from using race to integrate schools. A new study points to a potential downside
The rollback could have harmful consequences for students, according to a new study.
Race and equity
July 24, 2018
Here’s some advice for CPS’ future Chief Equity Officer in year one
When a small group of central office staff met earlier this year at Chicago Public Schools headquarters to discuss a grant, the conversation…
July 17, 2018
To integrate specialized high schools, are gifted programs part of the problem or the solution?
As debate has erupted in recent weeks over Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to overhaul admissions to the city’s most prestigious specialized…
June 22, 2018
New York City schools Chancellor Richard Carranza on segregation, national politics, and being Mexican-American
In his two months on the job, Chancellor Richard Carranza has left little room to doubt how he thinks and feels about…
here's the plan
June 20, 2018
Brooklyn middle schools may eliminate academic ‘screening’ in effort to integrate
In a Brooklyn district where middle schools are sharply divided by race and class, a radical recommendation to spur integration has emerged: eliminating…
June 6, 2018
The scene at Stuyvesant: Students who’ve succeeded at SHSAT wary of new plan, though some want change
As politicians and parents take sides over a new plan to scrap the specialized high school test, students at the center of the controversy wrestle with the issue.
sorting the students
June 2, 2018
Mayor Bill de Blasio: Our specialized schools have a diversity problem. Let’s fix it.
We are living with monumental injustice, de Blasio writes.
Compare and Contrast
May 24, 2018
Comparing the Upper West Side and Harlem integration plans: Here’s how schools, admissions offers could change
Following an uproar over a plan to integrate Manhattan’s District 3, the Department of Education introduced three more proposals to change the makeup…
change is coming
May 14, 2018
City may consider more than just test scores in controversial Upper West Side integration proposal
This week’s meeting to discuss an integration proposal for Upper West Side middle schools was already expected to be controversial. But it…
May 7, 2018
Exclusive Center School will join Upper West Side integration push, education department says
One of the most exclusive schools on the Upper West Side could be included in a controversial integration plan after all — just…
out of bounds
May 2, 2018
How school choice differs for black and white families in New York City and other takeaways from a new report
In New York City, a surprising number of elementary school students opt-out of their neighborhood schools — but who travels, where they go,…
April 30, 2018
Meet the NYC principal in the spotlight for defending desegregation against angry parents
Zymeck has spent his 26-year teaching career entirely at the Computer School, becoming an educator later in life after working on Wall Street and as a legal assistant.
April 27, 2018
Chancellor Richard Carranza stands by his tweet of viral video in Upper West Side integration fight
Carranza also received some backing from his boss, Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has been criticized for appearing far more reluctant to tackle the issue.
April 27, 2018
A Chalkbeat cheat sheet: What’s going on with Upper West Side desegregation
Here’s a primer to the controversy that suddenly has everyone talking about state tests, middle school admissions, and privilege.
April 25, 2018
Push to curb academic segregation on the Upper West Side generates a backlash — and support
“We are not offering all students equity and access across all the district,” said District 3 Superintendent Ilene Altschul. “We need to do something.”
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 23, 2018
‘Genius grant’ writer to Memphis: ‘We’re losing the only gains we’ve made’ against segregation
Hannah-Jones compares resegregation in Alabama to Memphis in the 2014 breakaway of six municipal districts from the large, predominantly black Shelby County Schools.
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
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
August 4, 2017
Why I’m not anxious about where my kids go to school — but do worry about the segregation that surrounds us
Mary Jo Cramb, a Nashville teacher and mother: "My surprisingly chill perspective comes mostly from a recognition of my privilege."
July 23, 2017
Critics of vouchers say they’re marred by racism and exacerbate segregation. Are they right?
A recent report described the “racist origins” of school vouchers; school choice backers have vehemently denied the charge. So what do we know about the competing claims?
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