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The final version of the 2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act, signed by President Biden on December 29, includes several items of interest for NCSD members: 

First, and unfortunately, the bill did not include targeted funding for the $100M “Fostering Diverse Schools” competitive grants program requested by President Biden. However, in its attached report, Congress again encouraged the Department of Education to set aside a portion of Title IV-A’s "technical assistance and capacity building" funds for school diversity efforts (see pg. 148), and at the same time increased the amount of funding allocated to this portion of ESSA. As the NCSD community knows, securing Fostering Diverse Schools funding has been our main advocacy priority this year. Our advocacy will continue in 2023!

Two additional items in the good news department:

  • The Magnet Schools Assistance Program funding saw a $15 million increase from last year to $139 million for FY 2023 (see Magnet Schools of America press release).
  • The bill also removed language that prohibits the use of federal funds for school desegregation transportation costs (see pg. 440). NCSD and other advocates have spent years trying to eliminate these restrictions, and the latest act removes the last remnants of them.

NCSD is grateful to our members and Hill champions, including Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Representative Bobby Scott of Virginia, for their support in our ongoing efforts to secure funding for state/local integration efforts.

Access the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill summary here.

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Congratulations to Emma Knight (Yale '22.5) for recently completing her senior thesis on school integration in Fairfield County, CT.

Entitled "Segregation on the Sound: Healing Racial Injustice in Fairfield County through Real School Integration," Emma examines the history of school segregation and possibilities for coalition building in the region. Great work, Emma!


Looking to make a last donation in 2022? Individual giving provides a significant boost to NCSD's capacity.


On Giving Tuesday, NCSD launched a fundraising campaign for a new website. Founded in 2009, NCSD’s website has not been upgraded in a decade! It’s time for the main hub of the school integration movement to move into the 21st century.

Individual giving also helps support our advocacy work, including our lobbying efforts. Your contributions are critical to our coalition's success, as this part of our work requires access to nonrestricted funds.


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Integrated Schools celebrated its 100th podcast episode. Be sure to check out the milestone episode with hosts Andrew Lefkowits and Val Brown as they reflect on lessons learned, share clips from past episodes, and discuss their hopes for the future. Listen here.


  • Bridges Collaborative members attended an interactive workshop that explored The Century Foundation's new Segregation Data Dashboard. The data dashboard allows researchers and practitioners to quantify school segregation and its contributing factors to inform policy discussions and fuel engagement and action.
  • The Bridges team is happy to meet with others who are interested in learning more about the tool and looking up data for their respective communities. Send an email inquiry.



Washington, DC: On Friday, January 27, 2023, LTLT will host a live performance and panel discussion of Between the Lines, a student-led play created by Epic Theatre Ensemble's youth artist-researchers. The play, which was commissioned by NCSD and PRRAC, explores the connection between housing policy and segregation/inequity in schools. More information to come!


  • The first-ever METCO Showcase welcomed over 200 METCO families and newcomers to the Berkshire Partners Blue Hill Boys & Girls club to meet nearly all of the METCO participating districts and over 40 community organizations. The four-hour event featured performances from Lincoln’s STEP club, music, raffles for Red Sox tickets, gift cards, and more. Boston City Councilor Julia Mejia also joined.


  • The latest issue of PRRAC's Poverty & Race journal features reflections on Raj Chetty’s recent research on social capital from john powell, Mark Joseph, NCSD Research Advisory Panel member Linda Tropp, and members of Mobility Works and the Redress Movement.
  • The issue also includes an abbreviated version of NCSD's forthcoming research brief on school accountability systems and segregation, authored by James Noonan and NCSD member Peter Piazza.


  • The new book, Our Children Can't Wait: The Urgency of Reinventing Education Policy in America, features a chapter by RAP member Erica Frankenberg and NCSD member Jenn Ayscue entitled, "Promoting Equity and Justice through Integrated Schools and Communities." The book includes contributing authors from 17 organizations and universities and presents a new, evidence-based blueprint for addressing persistent gaps in educational opportunity through interrelated social policies.

Learn more about our Research Advisory Panel here.



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  • Barbara Johns: The US' forgotten civil rights hero (BBC, December 12) - "The US Capitol building in Washington DC will soon install a statue of Johns to represent her home state of Virginia. She will replace Robert E Lee, the Civil War commander of the Confederacy. More than 70 years after the teenager moved a nation to end school segregation, her statue will replace Civil War Confederate commander Robert E Lee's inside the US Capitol."

  • Opinion: Segregated K-12 Schools are a Threat to Democracy (City Limits, December 5) - "For those who believe integration should no longer be a priority, or those who follow the misguided belief that integration serves no purpose at all, one thing is true—shrugging our shoulders or directly opposing the goal of educational diversity is a threat to our country’s democracy."

California -

  • Family that paved way for desegregation of U.S. schools honored with park in Westminster (KABC, December 4) - "Before there was Brown v. Board of Education, there was Mendez v. Westminster. The federal case involving an Orange County family helped pave the way for desegregation of schools in California and the United States. Seventy five years later, the family behind the legal battle was honored with a park. That belated 'thank you' is coming in the form of the Mendez Tribute Monument Park in Westminster."

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  • School segregation continues to be an urgent issue in NC schools (Richmond County Daily Journal, December 21) - "The latest report from the Education & Law Project at the North Carolina Justice Center provides an update on school segregation trends and new policy recommendations to foster integration in North Carolina’s public schools."

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American Civil Liberties Union

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Legal Defense Fund

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National Education Association

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Othering & Belonging Institute

UC Irvine School of Education


Kansas City, MO

January 26-27, 2023

Demanding Equity and Integration Annual Convening

Diverse Charter Schools Coalition

"This year’s convening will feature a mixture of formal programming for tangible takeaways and informal networking to share stories, experiences, and healing. Our theme of Demanding Equity and Integration will be prominent not just in programming, but also in unstructured dialogue."


Anaheim, California

February 6-10, 2023

UnboundEd Standards Institute


Standards Institute is an immersive five-day in-person learning experience appropriate for teachers, coaches, and leaders. This highly interactive experience focuses on mindsets, planning, and instructional actions, and participants will explore the impacts of racist and biased instruction on students of color.


Washington, DC

February 8-10, 2023

Magnet Schools of America Policy Conference

Magnet Schools of America

Delve deeply into education policy that affects magnets at MSA's Annual Policy Training Conference. Participants will hear from members of Congress, agency officials, school district leaders, and policy and foundation organizations.


San Antonio, TX

February 16-18, 2023

AASA National Conference on Education

AASA, The School Superintendents Association

AASA's NCE is a professional development and networking event for school superintendents and administrators. Presentations will include education thought leaders who are championing our nation’s school systems, and participants will take home new ideas and approaches to invigorate their districts.


Indianapolis, IN 

March 23-24, 2023

NIET National Conference: Elevating Educators

National Institute for Excellence in Teaching

"This convening of educators and decision-makers on the cutting edge of educational improvement will give you relevant, timely, actionable ideas and resources. Get ready to learn through high-impact, collaborative sessions led by experts from across the country."


Dallas, TX

April 18-23, 2023

40th National Conference on Magnet Schools

Magnet Schools of America

MSA provides enriching professional development via conferences and events throughout the year to build and expand the expertise and skills of magnet school teachers, principals, and administrators from across the country.

Check out our field-wide calendar, which is evolving given the COVID-19 crisis.

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 * The School Desegregation Notebook Fair Housing Justice Center, Inc. * Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, Inc. (METCO) * Learn Together, Live Together * Beloved Community * Chicago United for Equity * Learning Policy Center * Public School Forum of North Carolina * The Bell North Carolina Justice Center * The Bridges Collaborative at The Century Foundation * South Side Early Learning * Oneonta For Equality * NestQuest * Metis Associates

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