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Reimagining Education Summer Institute -- coming up soon! Designed for educators, policy makers, parents, and all stakeholders in K-12 schools, the Reimagining Education Summer Institute will explore the opportunities and challenges of creating and sustaining racially, ethnically and socio-economically integrated schools.This year's Institute (July 15-18 in NYC) will feature a keynote by Gloria Ladson-Billings.


Our  newest publication,  The State of Integration 2018 is a compilation of essays by the NCSD's staff and members. It begins with an assessment of current threats to school integration. It then chronicles some of the new progress and opportunities we are seeing at state and local levels.


First Stop:

San Francisco
 Bay Area

Over the summer/fall, NCSD will be meeting with educators, students, parents/caregivers, and community leaders in a few cities to learn more about how issues of segregation/integration are playing out across the country.

If you live or work in the Bay Area (or are familiar with this context because of your research/advocacy), we'd love to chat with you, either in person or over the phone. Email Gina Chirichigno at gchirichigno@prrac.org for more information. 
Removal of Anti-Busing Language in Section 426 of GEPA

We continue to advocate for and monitor progress in removing anti-busing language from the General Education and Provisions Act.

Read the June 13th  and June 29th  Politico

Strength in Diversity Act

On May 16, the House version of the bill was passed out of committee by the House Committee on Education and Labor.

Read the Committee press release.

2019 NCSD Policy Agenda 

Check out our 10 policy proposals that incentivize integration as the 116th Congress begins its work.

On June 10th, NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced they will accept  62 recommendations proposed by the School Diversity Advisory Group (SDAG), an independent working group composed of  students, educators, parents, advocates and researchers. The working group also includes  several NCSD members and activists from NCSD member groups.

One of the recommendations to be implemented is  IntegrateNYC's "5Rs of Real Integration"  as a framework to define the goals and direction of the effort to further school integration NYC. Mayor DeBlasio discussed how student input on SDAG led to the adoption of the 5Rs in his June 10th op-ed in the New York Daily News: 

"Our student experts created a framework called the 5Rs: race and enrollment; resource equity; relationships across group identities; representation of staff; and restorative justice. Our students remind us that real integration starts with integrating resources and creating a system that serves everyone."

Next up for the group: a second report on the critical issues of competitive public schools admissions and academic tracking. Read more about that history and present-day circumstances in this piece from the New York Times, and see commentary on it from the Century Foundation here.

Read further coverage and commentary about the announcement in the New York Daily News Chalkbeat, and  Gothamist.

A new report from the Century Foundation approaches the black-white opportunity gap through the lens of residential segregation:  "The first part of this report outlines why all Americans should care about black-white residential segregation: the perpetuation of an opportunity gap between blacks and whites. The second part delineates the ways in which black-white segregation is rooted primarily in deliberate government policies enacted over generations. And the last part of the report sketches a four-prong strategy for undoing this horrible creation."

Born to Win, Schooled to Lose: Why Equally Talented Students Don't Get Equal Chances to be All They Can Be by Anthony Carnevale, Megan L. Fasules, Michael C. Quinn, and Kathyrn Peltier Campbell

Released by the Georgetown Center on Education and Workforce the report finds that: " The American Dream promises that individual talent will be rewarded, regardless of where one comes from or who one's parents are. But the reality of what transpires along America's K-12-to-career pipeline reveals a sorting of America's most talented youth by affluence-not merit."

For more resources and information on the report click here.

The Striking Outlier: The Persistent, Painful and Problematic Practice of Corporal Punishment in Schools (The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles in collaboration with the Southern Poverty Law Center)

This report relies on data from the U.S. Department of Education's Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) data entry tool, primarily from the 2013-14 school year. In schools where corporal punishment is practiced, black students and students with disabilities are more likely to be struck than white students and those without disabilities.

The Diversity of New York City's Neighborhood and Schools by Diana Cordova-Cobo and Ingrid Gould Ellen

The State of New York City's Housing and Neighborhoods report, published annually by the NYU Furman Center, provides a compendium of data and analysis about New York City's housing, land use, demographics, and quality of life for each borough and the city's 59 community districts.  

Notable news coverage:
For your reading pleasure...


Zoning Matters: How Land Use Policies Shape Our Lives  (How Housing Matters-Urban Institute, June 2019)

Check out this short informative video  about how seemingly neutral zoning policies result in the widespread residential and school segregation.


On the Margins Podcast  
(March - June 2019)
Follow along with host James E. Ford (former North Carolina Teacher of the Year) as he takes an in-depth look at the past, present, and future of educational inequality in NC. 

White residents are moving into city neighborhoods they've long stayed away from. They're arrival is driving up housing costs and displacing the neighborhoods' previous residents. But what does it mean for urban schools? Have You Heard talks to Yawu Miller, senior editor of Boston's African American newspaper, the Bay State Banner.

ERASE Racism Co-Hosts Forum on Educator Diversity
Elaine Gross, ERASE Racism President and NCSD Steering Committee Member, moderated a panel of educators of color.
ERASE Racism co-hosted a May 31st forum on increasing educator diversity on Long Island. The event brought together 200 educators and others from Nassau and Suffolk counties at the Hofstra University Club. Other co-hosts included th e Education Trust-New York, the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, and the Council of School Superintendents and its Commission on Diversity and Inclusivity.
The event explored the state of teacher and school leader diversity and why it matters for students, educators, and Long Island's future. The program featured the following presentations and panel discussions:
  • A presentation of data looking at educator diversity on Long Island;
  • A panel discussion during which educators of color shared their experiences working in Long Island public schools;
  • The unveiling of The Educator Diversity Playbook, which offers resources for school districts interested in cultivating a more diverse workforce; and
  • A panel discussion during which Long Island education leaders discussed policies and practices to increase educator diversity in the region's schools.
Long Island students are not being exposed to diverse educators, despite research that cites the positive impact a diverse teacher workforce can have on suspension rates, academic performance, graduation rates, and postsecondary success. According to a recent study by the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, 61% of Long Island's 642 public schools do not have a single Black teacher and 43% do not have a Latinx teacher. As of 2017, 92% of teachers in Long Island schools were White, while only 4% were Latinx, 3% were Black, and 1% were Asian. By comparison, the student population on Long Island was 55% White, 9% Black, 22% Latinx and 8% Asian that same year.
Charles Hamilton Institute's "Brown@65: We Can't Afford to Retire"

Brown@65: We Can't Afford to Retire

On May 16th, in honor of the 65th anniversary of 
Brown v. Board of Education, the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice convened a panel, Brown@65: We Can't Afford to Retire
, of litigators, organizers, and scholars to reflect on and critically examine both the limits and promise of its remedies. Nationally and in Boston, public schools and neighborhoods are more racially segregated than they have been in decades, while the country's racial wealth gap continues to widen. These patterns of residential segregation and grossly disparate median net worth are equally present and urgent in Boston on the 45 years after the city's school desegregation case, Morgan v. Hennigan

Center for Collaborative Education
The Center for Education & Civil Rights at Penn State
Child Trends
City Garden Montessori
The Education Trust
Learning Policy Institute
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Southern Poverty Law Center

Host:  National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Las Vegas, NV
Host:  National Council of Urban Education Associations (NCUEA)
Houston, TX
Host:  Free Minds, Free People
Twin Cities, MN
Host: Teachers College, Columbia University
New York City, NY
Host: MicroSociety
Tulsa, OK
Host: National Conference of State Legislatures
Nashville, TN
Check out our  2019 conference listing
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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Website: school-diversity.org
Email: school-diversity@prrac.org
Mailing Address: 740 15th St. NW #300 Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-544-5066