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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…
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.
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…
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?
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 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 21, 2017
School districts across the country are breaking apart, but Indianapolis is already divided
Communities across the U.S. are breaking away from larger urban districts, exacerbating segregation by race and class and draining money from school systems with…
the evolution of research
June 15, 2017
Beyond the test score horse race: 5 big questions researchers are asking about charter schools
Here are a few of the big questions that some charter schools researchers are examining — and other important questions that have received little attention.
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 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…
Teens Take Charge
April 27, 2017
New York City students and podcasters team up to share stories of inequity in schools
Teens Take Charge wants to give students a voice when it comes to issues they know well: what goes on in their own schools.
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 17, 2017
Does gifted education help pave the way to specialized high schools? Here’s what we know
The way Sam Adewumi sees it, the lack of diversity in New York City’s elite specialized high schools is largely a pipeline problem.
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.
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…
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
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 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 8, 2016
Harlem parents want more time to weigh in on school rezoning and merger
For parents, elected officials and advocates, the plan in Harlem has grown to symbolize larger issues: school segregation and the impact of charter schools.
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.
October 20, 2016
12 more New York City schools will experiment with admissions rules to boost diversity
For the first time, the “Diversity in Admissions” program includes middle and high schools, with a total of 19 schools now participating.
October 19, 2016
Drowned out of Upper West Side rezoning battle, desegregation advocates fight for a broader plan
"We don’t want it to be taken off the table. We don’t want rezoning to be the end result.”
October 18, 2016
Rebuffing city’s plans, local education council offers its own vision for controversial Upper West Side rezoning
“We intend to control our own fate. We will not have a plan dictated to us by the Department of Education, by City Hall."
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 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.
September 29, 2016
New diversity plans, same disputes in Upper West Side school rezoning
One school may implement a diversity plan for admissions, but parents who would be zoned out of high-performing P.S. 199 continue to push back.
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.
September 19, 2016
Upper West Side parents still fighting rezoning plan that would diversify schools
The city has drawn up another plan to relieve overcrowding and integrate Upper West Side schools, but parents still need to be won over.
August 29, 2016
New York Appleseed’s new diversity director wants to enlist more students in the push for integrated schools
"I think if you ask students, they’d be fully happy and totally for being in diverse schools," said Matt Gonzales, school diversity director for New York Appleseed.
By the numbers
August 23, 2016
In Detroit and across the U.S., school district borders segregate in a dramatic way
The starkest dividing line in the country separates Detroit from neighboring Grosse Pointe Schools, according to the report.
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.
hello from the other side
July 21, 2016
Advocates seize chance to push for Upper West Side desegregation, but face stiff resistance
As a zoning debate highlights the divides among Upper West Side schools, advocates are pushing for district-wide desegregation.
July 18, 2016
How to desegregate New York City’s schools. Now.
This racialized concentration of school poverty creates a persistent achievement gap, and it must stop. Now.
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