FEBRUARY 2020 UPDATES              Like us on Facebook View our videos on YouTube Follow us on Twitter 
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We're looking forward to seeing you in March for the National Conference on School Integration! 
Join over 400 people from across the country to discuss and strengthen strategies for promoting racial and socioeconomic integration in elementary and secondary schools at our fifth national conference!

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Conference Supporters (as of 2/29):
  • American Civil Liberties Union 
  • American Education Solutions, Inc. 
  • Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund 
  • Beloved Community 
  • Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles (CRP) at UCLA 
  • EducationCounsel 
  • EmpowerED 
  • ERASE Racism 
  • Fair Housing Justice Center 
  • Integrated Schools 
  • IntegrateNYC 
  • Kindred 
  • Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law 
  • Learning Policy Institute 
  • Magnet Schools of America 
  • Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO Inc.) 
  • National Center for Law and Economic Justice 
  • New York Appleseed 
  • Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley 
  • Proskauer Rose LLP 
  • Public Advocacy for Kids 
  • The Century Foundation 
  • The Institute for Social Progress at Wayne County Community College District 
  • The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy 
  • Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation (VICC) 
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
The Bell  -The Bell amplifies the voices of New York City students and empowers them to lead a fight for equity in the nation's largest school system  

For an example of their related work, tune into the  Miseducation Podcast

Connect with The Bell on  Twitter
and Facebook.  

North Carolina Justice Center  The North Carolina Justice Center is one of the state's preeminent voices for economic and social justice As a leading progressive research and advocacy organization, our mission is to eliminate poverty in North Carolina by ensuring that every household in the state has access to the resources, services, and fair treatment it needs to achieve economic security.

Here's an example of some of their related work:  Stymied by Segregation: How Integration Can Transform NC Schools (2018)

Connect with the NC Justice Center on  Twitter  and   Facebook .  

From our partners at Center for Education and Civil Rights:

" A new project out of Penn State University - co-led by Erica Frankenberg (professor of education and director of the Center for Education and Civil Rights, home of this blog) and Chris Fowler (professor of geography) - aims to collect longitudinal data on school attendance zone boundaries from school districts across the country. The researchers are building a database of attendance zone boundaries from 1990 to 2020, which will be made available to the public for research and, ultimately, for informing boundary changes that increase school integration."

Read more about the project via  The School Diversity Notebook .


NCSD Research Advisory Panel member Rucker Johnson was  recently elected to the National Academy of Education .

Professor Janelle T. Scott was one of 12 scholars selected by the The American Educational Research Association (AERA) as a 2020 AERA Fellow. AERA Fellows are "selected on the basis of their notable and sustained research achievements."

Inequitable Opportunity to Learn: Student Access to Certified and Experienced Teachers by Jessica Cardichon, Linda Darling-Hammond, Man Yang, Caitlin Scott, Patrick M. Shields, and Dion Burns

Excerpt (Learning Policy Institute): "Decades of research show that fully certified and experienced teachers matter for student achievement. Yet, providing all students with equitable access to such teachers has long been a struggle in U.S. schools. Recent teacher shortages have exacerbated these inequities in access because shortages can lead to the hiring of underprepared teachers. These teachers are typically disproportionately represented in schools serving students of color in many states."

Abstract (Annenberg Institute at Brown University): "America's decentralized system of public school governance is premised on the assumption that the interests of voters who elect school boards will be aligned with the educational needs of students. We explore the plausibility of this assumption by comparing the demographic characteristics of voters and students across four states. Using official voter turnout records and rich microtargeting data, we document considerable demographic differences between voters who participate in school board elections and the students attending the schools that boards oversee, suggesting that the assumption is unlikely to describe reality in many settings."

Summary: "Milly Arbaje-Thomas joins Justin Reich to discuss the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO), a voluntary school integration program in Boston, Massachusetts. They'll focus on METCO's mission, its underlying values, and Milly's personal experience with the program as a former METCO parent and as its current CEO."

Summary: "NEPC Researcher Christopher Saldaña Interviews Jennifer Jellison Holme and Kara Finnigan about the structural inequities faced by schools in impoverished communities."

Boston, MA: "A new report puts concrete (and indeed shocking) numbers on something we know anecdotally: White families with kids leave the city (in this case, Boston) when their kids get to be school-aged. Released last month, Kids Today from  Boston Indicators looks at how these (and other) troubling trends have contributed to increased segregation in Boston's neighborhoods and public schools." Read more via The School Diversity Notebook:  New Research: School Resegregation in Boston 

Montgomery County, MD: " Montgomery County, Maryland, illustrates the opportunity for integration and the risk of segregation found in many suburban school districts." Read more via Phi Delta KappanCrossroads: Integration and Segregation in Suburban School Districts

New York City, NY

Benton Harbor, MI:  "Sixty-six years and counting after   Brown v. Board of Education , Benton Harbor and St. Joseph are illustrative: American education remains highly segregated by race and class, perpetuated in part by a patchwork of school districts-invisible lines that carve up the country, carefully separating the rich from the poor. Read more via  Time:  School District Borders Can Worsen Inequality. These Students Are Fighting for a Better Education


Houston, TX: "The takeover by [the Texas Education Agency] is so troubling, in part, because by appointing their own board of managers the plan disenfranchises local Houston families, particularly families of students of color who make up a majority of the student population. This takeover does seem like an overreach by the state when other options to help the district were not fully explored." Read more via The School Diversity Notebook: The Takeover of Houston Independent School District

Loudoun County, VA: "Since 2016, an all-volunteer team of Loudoun residents, historians and high school students has sifted through the musty, dusty pages to distill an almost-lost history...It has never been proved that the vanishing of the records, often undertaken by white officials, was intentional or coordinated, she said. Still, it had far-reaching consequences: From the 1970s through today, she said, the historical narrative of segregated black education - as taught in most classrooms - has centered on the schools' inadequacy." Read more via the Washington Post: A Lost History, Recovered: Faded Records Tell the Story of School Segregation in Virginia

Indiana: "If nothing else is made clear by the percentages of students who have made use of the Indiana Choice Scholarship program, the data clearly contradict the false assumption that students of color frequently select education alternatives and remain in such programs over time." Read more via Phi Delta Kappan:  In Indiana, School Choice Means Segregation



Integrated Schools is continuing its important work after the untimely passing of its founder and our friend  Courtney Everts Mykytyn.

Check out their two new podcasts released this month:
Learn about their virtual book club here. This month's digital selection is "We Gon' Be Alright" by Jeff Chang.  

Please consider making a donation to honor Courtney's legacy and to help ensure that the critical work of engaging white and privileged families continues. 

April 27-28, 2020
Cambridge, MA


Consider presenting at the conference and sharing some of your own successful practices . Submit a proposal by March 1.

Please note, RIDES will waive the $60 conference registration fee for two presenters per organization.
Everyday Democracy Accepting Nominations for the 2020 Paul and Joyce Aicher Leadership in Democracy Award

"Do you know of a person or organization that stands out as a community change agent - whose work in their community exemplifies the values on which we were founded - voice for all, connection across difference, racial equity, and community change?" 

Nominations are open for 2020 Paul and Joyce Aicher Leadership in Democracy Award, from February 17th - April 15th.

Click here for more information.
IntegrateNYC and Teens Take Charge Plan NYC Schools Boycott on May 18

"We are planning a daylong, citywide boycott of New York City public schools on May 18, 2020.It's been 66 years since Brown v. Board and NYC schools are still segregated.As students of this separate-and-unequal school system, we demand that Mayor Bill de Blasio announce a comprehensive integration plan to be implemented starting in 2020."

-IntegrateNYC and Teens Take Charge

Click here  for more information.
The Century Foundation
City Garden Montessori
Learning Policy Institute
Othering & Belonging Institute
Teens Take Charge

Host: National Education Association
Orlando, FL
Host: New England Secondary School Consortium
Norwood, MA
Host:  Ass'n for Public Policy and Management (APPAM)
Washington, DC
Host: National School Boards Association
Chicago, IL
Host: Magnet Schools of America
Clark County, NV
Host: American Educational Research Association
San Francisco, CA
Host: National Partnership for Educational Access
Boston, MA
Host: EdBuild
Cleveland, OH
Host: Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University
Washington, DC
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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 * 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 * The Bell North Carolina Justice Center  * 

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