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METCO Superintendents Statement, June 5, 2020

METCO Superintendents Statement, June 5, 2020:  In Metro Boston, leaders from METCO's partner districts assembled in solidarity with the Black community, and commitments to dismantle racism in their schools The Massachusetts Association of School Committee's Board of Directors also created an  anti-racism resolution  for local school boards.
On June 15, NCSD submitted a letter to members of Congress urging them to support two of our policy priorities (removal of GEPA 426 anti-integration language and advancement of the Strength in Diversity Act), and reminding them of our more complete  policy agenda . Check whether your elected officials are Strength in Diversity Act supporters here

We offer NCSD's letter as a template for your outreach to state and local policymakers to explain why school integration is an important part of addressing racial injustice and asking leaders to effect real change.

Many people are wondering about concrete steps that can be taken now to advance school integration and racial equity in schools. As we've been watching the news, we've been particularly inspired by a few efforts, and thought you might be too:  
  • Milwaukee School Board members offered a resolution asking the board to "call on community activists, elected officials and other stakeholders to work together and develop a regional plan to reduce school inequities and promote school desegregation throughout Metropolitan Milwaukee." To learn more, you can find  board meeting materials and  video (relevant discussion starting at 2:11:30).
  • The fiscal year 2021 action plan for North Carolina's Leandro case, filed on June 15th, includes an action step to "amend the annual school report cards to include additional demographic information on students and staff," which will help track school segregation levels (see Section IV.D., found on pg. 10).
Please continue to keep us informed of your work and let us know if we can support you in any way. 


Join the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice and its partners for a virtual reading of Frederick Douglass's monumental speech,  "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?" 

July 2, 2020 at 12pm EST

You can also learn how to host your own reading here, compliments of Mass Humanities.  



The Integrated Schools Movement: Where We Begin (virtual workshop)

Through outreach, advocacy, and community building, Integrated Schools mobilizes families - particularly those who are White &/or privileged - to practice antiracist school integration.  We invite you to join us for a workshop that introduces you to Integrated Schools and the movement we stand with.

July 13, 2020 at 8pm EST
Register here.

Also, check out the podcast version of the #NCSD2020 virtual keynote:  White Supremacy and Black Educational Excellence: Hidden Stories of the Integration Movement  and  share it with your friends and family! 


Applications now available for The Century Foundation's Bridges Collaborative. 

The   Bridges Collaborative is seeking 50 school districts, charter schools/CMOs, and housing organizations dedicated to addressing school and neighborhood integration in their own communities to join a two-year program for 2-5 members from each organization. 

From the Bridges Collaborative Team:

  • School Desegregation Is Crucial at This Moment, Says U.S. Senator Chris Murphy: "Systematic mistreatment of Black people by law enforcement underscores the need to desegregate schools.

    "That's the argument right now from Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., one of the foremost champions of school desegregation in Congress. Murphy's legislation-the Strength in Diversity Act, which he introduced in 2019 along with Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, and in previous years-would support local, voluntary efforts to increase diversity in schools." Read more via Education Week.
  • 'Police Do Not Belong in Our Schools.' Students Are Demanding an End to Campus Cops After the Death of George Floyd:"[M]att Gonzales, director of the Integration and Innovation Initiative at NYU and a member of de Blasio's School Diversity Advisory Group, questions why schools need to be a place for bridging the gap between the police and the community. 'I don't think public schools are places to rebuild trust with the police. If we're going to continue to have a policing state and system, then police need to do work outside of schools to heal the harm that they've caused,' he says. 'I don't think using schools as a way to do that is productive.'" Read more via Time.
  • How exactly did cops end up in US schools in the first place? Find out in Episode #91 of the Have You Heard podcast. " Our quest for answers takes us to three cities-Boston, Los Angeles and Chicago-and back 60 years to another era wracked by mass social protest: the 1960's." With guests Matt Kautz, Judith Kafka and Louis Mercer. 
Systemic Racism in NYC School Admissions
Systemic Racism in NYC School Admissions (via IntegrateNYC)
  • NYC - A School Segregation Process that Caused Segregation Fell Apart in Weeks: "'Trying to decide a 9-year-old's worth completely makes no sense,' said Emma Rehac, a high school senior who is part of the group IntegrateNYC." Read more via the New York Times

    Additionally, sign IntegrateNYC's petition against discriminatory screens here.  And check out this op-ed by ERASE Racism's Elaine Gross in the Gotham Gazette about increasing educational equity in the midst of the pandemic. 
  • Michigan Right to Literacy Settlement Stands as Court Rejects Legislature's Appeal: "'It's not precedent, but it's not overturned," he said. "Its influence will be throughout the nation because of the reasoning and only those who don't think that black children's lives matter will resist it. Those words will live forever.'" Read more via Detroit Free Press.
  • Segregation Has Gotten Worse, Not Better, and It's Fueling the Wealth Gap Between Black and White Americans: "But over time, O'Brien, now 37, noticed that Minneapolis seemed to have backslid on many of its commitments to integration. 'If anything, we're more segregated than we were then,' says O'Brien, a plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against the state of Minnesota that alleges that public school students are being denied an adequate education because of segregation by race and socioeconomic status in the Minneapolis and St. Paul School Districts. (The parties in the lawsuit are in mediation.)" Read more via
  • Gary S. Stein: Racial Healing Begins by Admitting our Schools are Segregated: "[I]n this critical moment in which the entire nation is focused on our racial divisions, the [New Jersey] governor and the attorney general could take a giant step toward healing those divisions in our state by ending the denials that are delaying the lawsuit and admitting in court what everyone involved in the litigation already knows - that our state's schools are so badly segregated that our children are prevented from learning and interacting with children from backgrounds different from their own." Read more via the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

The Enduring Problem of School Segregation (Center on Race, Inequality & the Law)

New Video by the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law at NYU School of Law

The Enduring Problem of School Segregation  takes a look at racially segregated schooling and how it is on full display in New York City. Hear from civil rights attorneys, experts, and activists on why school segregation continues to plague our country-and how we can fight back. 

Featuring: Dennis Parker, National Center for Law and Economic Justice; Richard Buery, Jr., Achievement First; Anurima Bhargava, Anthem of Us; and Tiffani Torres, Teens Take Charge.

Application for Admissions - Summer 2020 Cohort (July 6 - July 31)

The mission of the program is to prepare anti-biased, antiracist (ABAR) Montessori educators in public school environments; to increase access to Montessori training among People of Color and other historically marginalized groups; and thereby to offer relevant, rigorous Montessori education to children and their families. 

To learn more, contact Jori Martinez-Woods  at  institute@citygardenschool.org  or visit us online

  • A set of resources on school policing, including a sample resolution, to assist school districts that choose to invest in strategies that create safe and supportive schools for all students and move away from school policing and other harmful approaches.

The Equity Institute for Race-Conscious Pedagogy's publishing house, RCP Publishing, is accepting manuscripts from academics, school superintendents, K-12 educators, instructors in higher education, and school health care workers for a book of essays tentatively titled  A Race-Conscious Pedagogy Future: Essays that Forge a New Path for Equitable Schools.

Deadline to apply: July 27, 2020

Learn more here.

The Century Foundation
The Civil Rights Project at UCLA
City Garden Montessori
ERASE Racism
Learning Policy Institute
Poverty & Race Research Action Council

    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.
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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