February 13: Join Teens Take Charge and The Civil Rights Project for the Activists X Academics Summit. The summit, focused on racial justice in K-12 public schools, was planned by youth for a national audience. Featuring: Andrew Brennan, Elise Boddie, Gary Orfield, Jo Ann Allen Boyce, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Noliwe Rooks, Luis Alejo, Mohammed Choudhury, and more!
Our newest policy brief, School Integration Priorities for a Biden/Harris Administration, builds on our December release, 10 Ways the Biden/Harris Administration Can Prioritize School Integration In Its First 100 Days. (Update: The Biden/Harris admin has already revoked Executive Order 13950 (no. 7 on our list), which sought to limit and curb diversity, equity, and inclusion training! Read more via ABC News.)

Co-created by our members, School Integration Priorities for a Biden/Harris Administration outlines a broader, longer-term school integration agenda for the Biden/Harris administration’s first term, presenting 35 ideas for:

  • Developing Strong Policy to Support and Incentivize Integration Efforts Across the PK-12 Continuum

  • Strengthening Support and Accountability for Magnet Schools and Diverse-by-Design Charters

  • Enhancing Civil-Rights Enforcement Efforts Where Appropriate

  • Encouraging Cross-Agency/Cross-Sector Collaboration

  • Supporting Strong Civil-Rights Related Research and Data Collection at the Department of Education

  • Advancing a Holistic, Student-Centered Approach to Integration

  • Connecting Efforts to Increase Educator Diversity with Efforts to Increase Student Body Diversity
"Policy is, of course critical, but strong leadership that affirms the importance of school integration and the benefits of diverse schools for all children, etc. can inspire and encourage state and local leaders to act. We urge President Biden and Vice President Harris to provide that leadership." 

--NCSD Policy Brief 12
Amplifying youth voice across the movement
NCSD's partnership with Epic Theater Ensemble and Dodd Human Rights Impact (UCONN)--and our focus on youth voice--continues to grow!

On May 17, the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, take part in a 50 state conversation about segregation (+ D.C. and Puerto Rico) centered around Epic's film NOTHING ABOUT US.

We'll be reporting our progress securing participants via @diverse_schools and @EpicTheatr on Twitter, using the map to the left.

How you can help:

  • We're seeking audience members, promoters, co-hosts, and creators (described here) across the country.

  • Connect us with with drama teachers, community theaters, and arts organizations in your state.

  • Share this information with your network.

Learn more and register here. You can also contact Jim Wallert at jim@epictheatreensemble.org.
Keep us in the loop if you are planning to commemorate the 67th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education on May 17th! (Info can be sent to gchirichigno@prrac.org.)
Virtual Policy Conference - February 10-11, 2021
Magnet Schools of America's Policy Training Conference (February 10-11, 2021) is a great opportunity to learn about the complex federal, state and local policy issues that influence magnet school programs. Hear from top members of Congress and agency officials, including Gillian Cohen-Boyer (Director of Magnet Schools Assistance Program School Choice and Improvement Programs at the U.S. Department of Education). Alex Perry (Policy Advisor, Foresight Law+Policy) will also provide an overview of the most current policy issues in the federal magnet school policy landscape.

Check out the agenda and register today! Individual rates: $199 (MSA member) or $249 (non-member). Teams of 3: $498 (MSA member) or $648 (non-member).
Have You Heard Podcast - Graduate Student Research Contest
"Are you a graduate student whose research on K-12 or higher education is ready for the podcast limelight? Then we have 30 minutes of prime audio real estate with your name on it. Have You Heard is a biweekly education policy podcast, featuring scholar Jack Schneider and journalist Jennifer Berkshire. Seeking to move past the headlines and the talking points, the show presents important academic research in a humorous, easy-to-listen-to format. It may not be peer-reviewed, but Have You Heard does reach thousands of listeners with each episode, giving graduate students an audience many times larger than even the biggest AERA conference room."

In Memoriam: Gerald Nicholas Tirozzi
by Philip Tegeler

NCSD recently learned that Gerald Tirozzi passed away on November 1, 2020 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

We salute the late Gerald Tirozzi - former Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Education - for his moral leadership and courage for not taking the easy bureaucratic path. If only all of our public officials could follow his example!

Commissioner Tirozzi had an illustrious career, as President of Wheelock College, Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education at the Department of Education, and as the Executive Director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

But we remember him best for his leadership as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Education, where he had the courage to call out the gross inequities and segregation inherent in Connecticut’s education system in a January 1988 report titled Report on Racial and Ethnic Equity and Desegregation in Connecticut's Public Schools, The report called Connecticut’s segregated system ''educationally, morally and legally wrong.'' The report drew sharp criticism from suburban legislators, but ultimately became a foundational part of the Sheff v. O’Neill lawsuit filed by the Connecticut ACLU and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in 1989. 

Commissioner Tirozzi understood the impacts of racial and economic segregation first hand, coming up as a teacher, principal, and superintendent in New Haven, one of the most segregated districts in the state, surrounded by exclusionary suburbs.

Read his obituary here.

From Susan Eaton (NCSD Steering Committee): "I first met Gerald Tirozzi when he was Connecticut's Commissioner of Education and I was a young newspaper reporter covering education in the state. Watching Dr. Tirozzi work taught me a lot about the state's politics and a lot more about integrity. He was a passionate, often outspoken champion for educational equity. I especially admired his courage to force conversations about segregation and racism in public education at a time when it was not to his political advantage. Dr. Tirozzi had considerable grit, a zillion great stories and a deep commitment to educators, children and families who worked and learned in the nation's public schools."
National -

  • Miguel Cardona’s Ideas About Education Were Forged in Meriden, CT. Now He Will Bring Them to Washington, D.C. by Jacqueline Rabe Thomas and Adria Watson (Connecticut Mirror, Jan. 19) - "Linda Darling-Hammond, an expert on teaching practices and currently the president of the Learning Policy Institute, said during an interview shortly after Biden nominated Cardona last month. 'He shows a deep understanding of teaching and learning and a very strong commitment to equity and the process of improving teaching that is just unusually well developed and very thoughtful. I remember thinking, ‘Wow. He really gets it.'”

  • The Dark History of School Choice by Diane Ravitch (New York Review, Jan. 14) - "How an argument for segregated schools became a rallying cry for privatizing public education."
Iowa -

Minnesota -

  • Gov. Tim Walz's School Spending Plan has Racial Equity Focus by Patrick Condon (Star Tribune, Jan. 25) - "'That includes proposals to tailor academic standards to be 'reflective of students of color and Indigenous students,' according to a plan summary. Another is an 'Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Center' within the Minnesota Department of Education to address systemic racism, to "ensure students receive an accurate history of Minnesota's Indigenous people" and to "develop and provide training for all school staff on anti-bias practices.'"
Missouri -

New York City -

  • New York Schools Are Segregated. Will the Next Mayor Change That? by Eliza Shapiro (New York Times, Jan. 29) - "'The plainest way to think of integration is that it is a proven and effective school improvement strategy,' said Matt Gonzales, the director of the Integration and Innovation Initiative at New York University’s Metro Center....Decades of research supports that view — not because there is alchemy found in diverse classrooms, but because integration redistributes resources, funding and power across schools. Mr. Gonzales said the candidates’ positions on this issue are not merely a signal of their progressive bona fides, but an essential way of understanding their approach to education."
Pennsylvania -

Virginia -

Wisconsin -

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APPLY NOW: The Marshall-Motley Scholars Program

Named in honor of the legendary civil rights attorney and NAACP LDF founder Thurgood Marshall, and iconic civil rights litigator Constance Baker Motley, the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program (MMSP) is a groundbreaking commitment to endow the South with the next generation of civil rights lawyers trained to provide legal advocacy of unparalleled excellence.

Learn more and apply here. Deadline Feb. 16.
Research Advisory Panel (RAP) member John B. Diamond along with co-authors Lynn Posey-Maddox, and María D. Velázquez published a new study, Reframing Suburbs: Race, Place, and Opportunity in Suburban Educational Spaces: "Racial inequality is built into the bedrock of suburbia, and this understanding of suburban schooling necessitates understanding how place and race intersect."

NCSD member Derek Black was featured in a webinar from the U.S. Capitol Historical Society on the Jan. 6th Capitol attack.
Amanda Gorman reads her poem "The Hill We Climb": She needs no introduction after stealing the show at the Inauguration, share her poem widely!

ICYMI: Teaching Tolerance released a lesson plan on how to engage student's on Amanda's poem.

Californians for Justice
The Century Foundation
Creative Strategies for Change
The Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing
Hampshire College
Johns Hopkins University, Dept. of History
Learning Policy Institute
Mosaic Project
National Education Association (NEA)
National Equity Project
Othering & Belonging Institute
2/10 - 2/12
Magnet Schools of America
4/5 - 4/9
Magnet Schools of America
Check out our conferences listing page, which is evolving given the COVID-19 crisis.
Please let us know of upcoming events, by emailing school-diversity@prrac.org.
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 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 *
Contact Us
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Mailing Address: 740 15th St. NW #300
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Phone: 202-544-5066