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Brown v. Board of Education at 65: A Promise Unfulfilled

Earlier today, the U.S. House Education & Labor Committee held a hearing, 
"Brown v. Board of Education at 65: A Promise Unfulfilled,"  focused on the current state of school integration, especially new challenges giving rise to increasing de-segregation. It featured testimony from NCSD members:
The others testifying were Mr. Richard A. Carranza (New York City Schools Chancellor) Mr. Dion J. Pierre (Ridgewood, NY), and  Ms. Maritza White (Washington, DC).

Notable news coverage:

On April 9th, in collaboration with the Century Foundation, NCSD hosted a Capitol Hill briefing, "How Congress, States, and School Districts Can Take Action on School Diversity."  Read news coverage of the briefing in   Education Week by Andrew Ujifusa. 

Also check out our 2019 federal policy brief on school integration released in February as well as the Century Foundation's report, "A Bold Agenda for School Integration,"   
released at the briefing. 
The Century Foundation report's authors, Halley Potter, Rick Kahlenberg, and Kimberly Quick, also wrote this related piece in The Atlantic, 
Segregation Is Preventable. Congress Just Isn't Trying."

Segregated By Design
Segregated By Design
A great resource for educators and an easy way to introduce people to the facts and history around de jure and government-sanctioned de facto segregation in our society

Just in time for Fair Housing Month: Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America  has partnered with filmmaker Mark Lopez to produce an animated short documentary inspired by the book.

The compelling documentary, Segregated by Design, traces the history of federal, state, and local governments working to intentionally and deliberately create, further, and preserve segregation. 
For your reading pleasure...

Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works by Rucker Johnson with Alexander Nazaryan

An acclaimed economist (and NCSD Research Advisory Panel member) reveals that school integration efforts in the 1970s and 1980s were overwhelmingly successful - and argues that we must renew our commitment to integration for the sake of all Americans in a new book.

Why Diverse Schools Matter
Why Diverse Schools Matter

Scoring States on Charter School Integration by Halley Potter and Miriam Nunberg

A new report by the Century Foundation analyzes and grades charter schools laws across the county on their effectiveness in furthering integration. See a 

Notable news coverage:

Interactive Map: 

Coming out of the  Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity , this report tracks neighbor-hood change and its relationship to the displacement of low-income individuals from 2000 to 2016, based on data from  the U.S. Census.

Notable news coverage:

EdBuild has updated its July 2018 analysis of school district secession efforts across the country. See a related opinion article here

Notable news coverage:

A new report from the Poverty & Race Research Action Council and the National Education Association describes housing policies that educators and activists might leverage to improve outcomes and access for students.

Across the country...

(Harvard Graduate School of Education, March 27)

Professor Walker discusses the significance of black teachers during the Civil Rights-era, where we went wrong with school integration, and whether we can do better. 

New York City...

On March 16th, ERASE Racism in collaboration with Molloy College and the Long Island (NY) Chapter, The Links Incorporated convened the Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Education Forum.

The forum was attended by over 90 people. It enabled a diverse group of Long Island students, educators and community advocates to explore both existing and new policies and practices regarding culturally responsive and sustaining education through plenary speakers and interactive workshops.

The forum not only addressed culturally responsive and sustaining education, but also centered the student voice as the day was structured by ERASE Racism's Student Task Force.

Notable news coverage: 


City Garden Montessori
The Education Trust
Learning Policy Institute
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Learning Policy Institute
May 1, 2019 
Washington, DC 

The Learning Policy Institute and Advancement Project, Dignity in Schools Campaign, The Education Trust, Educators for Excellence, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Education Association, Southern Education Foundation, UnidosUS, and UNCF will be hosting this congressional briefing.

NYC Government
May 1, 2019 
New York City, NY

For inquiries email: 

Click here for more information on NYC School Diversity Advisory Group.

May 2-3, 2019 
New Brunswick, NJ

Building on the last  Summit for Civil Rights at the University of Minnesota Law school, leaders will come together to present a program of social and racial justice and expanded middle class opportunity for all Americans.


The 65th anniversary of  Brown v. Board of Education is on May 17th. Here is a look at what some of our members and partners are doing to commemorate the anniversary.
  • Washington, DC (May 2): The Urban Institute will be hosting a discussion of the importance of and path to integrated schools, featuring Rucker Johnson, associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of the new book Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works, as well as Matt Gonzales, Director of the School Diversity Project at New York Appleseed. They'll cover the latest research on school integration and discuss the diverse policy solutions that could help reverse deep-seated biases and trends. Click here for more information.
  • University Park, PA (May 10): Featuring a keynote from Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Center for Education and Civil Rights at Pennsylvania State University is co-convening a national symposium of education, law, and policy scholars and practitioners at Pennsylvania State University. There three panels will explore integration issues on: 1) Policies and Practices Perpetuating Racial Inequality; 2) The Role of the State Today; 3) Growing Critically Conscious Teachers. Click here for more information.
  • Washington, DC (May 17): The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund will be celebrating the 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. More details to come soon. For information on tickets or sponsorship contact events@naacpldf.org or 212-965-2265. 
  • New York City (May 17): As their six-week campaign to elevate student voice to say 65 years without an end to school segregation is enough, IntegrateNYC will celebrate the transformation they envision by hosting a #RetireSegregation Party. Click here for more information.
  • Washington, DC (May 19): Learn Together, Live Together is localizing the anniversary specifically commemorating Bolling v. Sharpe, one of the five cases consolidated into Brown v. Board of Education. Bolling challenged school segregation in Washington, DC. The community event will be held at John Philip Sousa Junior High, which was the school at the center of the historic civil rights case. Click here for more information.
Plan ahead...

Four-day Professional Development Summer Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University in the City of New York
July 15-18, 2019

***Earn 3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or 30 NY State Continuing Teacher and Leadership Education (CTLE) hours.***
Many state plans for complying with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), discuss the importance of culturally responsive and relevant teaching and social-emotional development as a way to improve student learning and outcomes. These new plans, which go into effect this coming fall, call on educators to be more aware of the role of culture in the process of learning. The strategies and practices necessary to do that are central to the Reimagining Education: Teaching and Learning in Racially Diverse Schools Summer Institute.

Dr.Gloria Ladson-Billings, a prominent scholar in culturally relevant teaching and professor emeritus from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will deliver the Gordon Lecture at the Institute on Monday, July 15. She will also participate in the professional development work taking place throughout the week.

Registration is filling up and the Early Bird Offer ends in early May. Special pricing and scholarships for New York City and New England educators. 

Check out our  2019 conferences list  (still in progress)
Please let us know of upcoming events, by emailing  school-diversity@prrac.org.
The National Coalition on School Diversity (NCSD) is a network of national civil rights organizations, university-based research centers, and state and local coalitions working to expand support for government policies that promote school diversity and reduce racial isolation. We also support the work of state and local school diversity practitioners. Our work is informed by an advisory panel of scholars and academic researchers whose work relates to issues of equity, diversity, and desegregation/integration .
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund * Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund   American Civil Liberties Union * Poverty & Race Research Action Council  * Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law  * Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund  * Magnet Schools of America  * One Nation Indivisible  * Southern Poverty Law Center  * Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School  * Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA  * Campaign for Educational Equity, Teachers College, Columbia University  * University of North Carolina Center for Civil Rights  * Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University  * Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley  * Education Rights Center, Howard University School of Law  * Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity at the University of Minnesota Law School  * Education Law Center  * New York Appleseed  * Sheff Movement Coalition  * Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation  * ERASE Racism  * Chicago Lawyers' Committee  * Empire Justice Center  * IntegrateNYC  * Intercultural Development Research Association  * Reimagining Integration: The Diverse and Equitable Schools Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education * Institute for Social Progress at Wayne County Community College District  * Center on Law in Metropolitan Equity at Rutgers Law School  * Equity Assistance Center (Region II) at Touro College * IntegratedSchools.org *  The Office of Transformation and Innovation at the Dallas Independent School District  * Live Baltimore * Maryland Equity Project   Center for Education and Civil Rights  * National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector  * The Center for Diversity and Equality in Education at Rutgers University * Being Black at School * UnifiEd * The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy * Public Advocacy for Kids * The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools * Family and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children * The School Desegregation Notebook * Temperament, Affect, and Behavior in Schools (TABS) Lab * Fair Housing Justice Center, Inc. * Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, Inc. (METCO) * Learn Together, Live Together * Beloved CommunityChicago United for Equity * Learning Policy Center * Public School Forum of North Carolina

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