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March 26 - 27, 2020 - NCSD will be hosting its National Conference on School Diversity in Washington, D.C. More details to come soon.

Looking forward to seeing you all there! 
We're grateful for the generosity of our community of supporters! With your help, NCSD raised $1,000 on #GivingTuesday -- an important step toward our goal of raising $10,000 by year end. There's still time to help us unlock our potential in 2020, please consider a year-end donation to NCSD. 

You can contribute to NCSD's work through the  Poverty & Race Research Action Council (our fiscal sponsor) .
Send your check or money order made out to "PRRAC" to:

National Coalition on School Diversity
c/o Poverty & Race Research Action Council
740 15th Street NW, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20005

**make sure to write "NCSD" in the subject line of your check

Executive Summary (Network for Public Education): "The staggering amount spent on [charter] schools that have closed or never opened, as well as those that have engaged in fraud, is nothing short of a national scandal. As public dollars are diverted from public schools, the students who attend their neighborhood schools have fewer resources. It is time to put on the brakes and chart a new course."

Abstract (Albert Shanker Research Institute): "[W]e find that segregation between suburbs is a larger contributor to total metro area segregation than segregation between the city (D.C. proper) and the suburbs. Our results illustrate the importance of between-district segregation as a factor in the overall segregation of students in the D.C. metro area. Absent the movement of students across district boundaries, there is often an 'invisible ceiling' on the potential metro areawide impact of even the most successful intra-district desegregation efforts."

How online ratings make good schools look bad
How Online Ratings Make Good Schools Look Bad (Vox / Chalkbeat)

Check out this Twitter thread with key points on the report  from journalist 
Matt Barnum.

Excerpt (Chalkbeat): " And yet, according to GreatSchools' own data, many schools serving low-income, black, and Hispanic populations are doing a good job helping students learn math and English. But those schools still face long odds of getting an above-average rating on GreatSchools - likely because their students are arriving far behind.  

"The result is a ubiquitous, privately run school ratings system that is steering people toward whiter, more affluent schools."


Hartford, CT
Sheff v O'Neill (NAACP LDF)
Sheff v O'Neill (NAACP LDF)

In  Sheff v. O'Neill ( 1996), the Connecticut Supreme Court ordered the state government to immediately redress the racial isolation endemic to schools in Hartford. Despite the success of Sheff, the Pacific Legal Foundation, a conservative law firm, is seeking to rollback progress. 

For more information, check out the study  "A Geographic Account of Economic, Health, and Educational Disparities in Hartford's Sheff Region"  from the Humboldt Journal of Social Relations.

Howard County, MD: "School leaders in suburban Howard County, Md., on Thursday night adopted a controversial redistricting plan that reassigns thousands of students in hopes of relieving crowding and better integrating schools on the basis of socioeconomics." Read more via the Washington Post

New Jersey: "The failure to reach agreement on a plan to address the segregation issue apparently will leave matters up to the court, which is expected to start hearing arguments next month. Gov. Murphy, Commissioner Lamont Repollet and the Legislature may end up regretting that. It's likely the court will end up forcing them to take more dramatic steps to end segregation than if they had acted to do so on their own." - Via Asbury Park Press:  Don't Defer to Courts on School Segregation  

New York City, NY

Houston, TX: "Should an entire district be penalized for the chronic low performance of one majority-black school in one of the city's most impoverished neighborhoods? And can Texas education officials - who were found in a federal investigation last year to have illegally denied therapy, tutoring and counseling to tens of thousands of children with disabilities - be trusted to do any better?" Via the New York Times : Texas Is Taking Over Houston's Schools, Prompting Charges of Racism

Memphis, TN:  " For decades, debate over school segregation in the United States has focused on how school districts assign their students to individual schools. But it's the lines that divide school districts from each other that have a much more profound effect in separating students by race, ethnicity and class." Read more via the Washington Post.

Champaign, IL:  "'The within-school segregation was extreme,' she said. 'Almost all of the white children were in the gifted program, and almost none of the black children were in the gifted program.'"  via Illinois Public Media:  Champaign ACLU, NAACP Call Out Lack Of Progress On Racial Equity In Unit 4 Schools


Oakland, CA:  "Albert is a Taiwanese American father of three from Oakland, CA. His parents immigrated to the United States to give him "best" education they could. As he came to terms with the school options his privilege afforded him, he found himself in crisis. How to honor his family and all they sacrificed, while also honoring the ways his faith called him to justice - called him to do something about the broken systems we live in.

"He shares his journey through a broadening definition of family, a conviction that love comes close, that kids are resilient, and that all communities have gifts to share." Listen to the  podcast from Integrated Schools.
A lot has happened recently in the Democratic presidential contest on the issues of public education and educational equity. Here are a few items to help you catch up:

Full video: MSNBC's Public Education Forum 2020
Full video: MSNBC's Public Education Forum 2020
  • In December, groups dedicated to public education and educational equity hosted a forum, moderated by MSNBC, for the candidates in Pittsburgh. Check out these recaps from Forbes and POLITICOas well as a Twitter thread from the School Diversity Notebook's Peter Piazza.
  • The National Education Association (NEA) recently interviewed several of the candidates about their policy proposal on public education. Watch the interviews here!
  • A proposal, promoted by several groups, including the Century Foundation, that would require federal preclearance of major school district boundary changes has become a hot topic. The proposal aims to prevent further socioeconomic and racial isolation of students, a troubling trend happening in several areas around the country.
  • The Poverty & Race Research Action Council has also released a useful breakdown of candidates' positions on school diversity and educational equity issues.
In Case You Missed It - 2019

A special thanks to Peter Piazza of the School Diversity Notebook for helping us put this list of several under-appreciated gems about furthering educational equity from 2019.

  • "Black Quotidian" (2019)  - An amazing resource from historian and author of "Why Busing Failed," Matt Delmont. The project "explores everyday lives of African Americans in the twentieth century. Drawing on an archive of digitized African-American newspapers, Matthew F. Delmont guides readers through a wealth of primary resources that reveal how the Black press popularized African-American history and valued the lives of both famous and ordinary Black people." For example, here's how the Atlanta Daily World covered the Brown decision. 
  • After CECR's Brown@65 conference, several participants wrote up their presentations into short blog posts. Featuring articles from Peter Piazza, Heather Bennett, Ansley Erickson, Brandi Hinnant-Crawford, Erica Frankenberg, and Elizabeth DeBray as well as my summary of Nikole Hannah-Jones' keynote from the conference. 
  • "Between We and They" Podcast Series (Integrated Schools, 2019) - "Beth is a mom of two grappling with race, parenting and her own privilege in America. Looking back over the past year, we follow Beth as she learns how the choices she makes for her daughters' schooling shapes how she lives in her city... where she belongs, who she calls 'We.'"
  • "Long Time Coming" Documentary (2019) -  Originally released in 2017, the movie was just added to Netflix. Looks at the first time an all-Black little league team faced an all-White team in the little league playoffs.
Beloved Community
The Century Foundation
City Garden Montessori
KOYA Leadership Partners
Learning Policy Institute
Urban Institute

Host: Various
Fort Lauderdale, Fl
Host:  Kellogg Foundation
Host: National School Board Association
Washington, DC
Host: National School Board Association
Washington, DC
Host:  National Title I Association
Atlanta, GA
Host:  American Association of School Administrators
San Diego, CA
Host:  Time to Thrive (promotes safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ youth)
Washington, DC
Host:  Eastern Sociological Association
Philadelphia, PA
Host:  American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
Atlanta, GA
Check out our  2020 conferences listing
Please let us know of upcoming events, by emailing
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  * The Othering & Belonging Institute  * 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 * *  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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