MARCH 2021 UPDATES
NEW EPISODE: Featuring an interview with author Heather McGee. Her journey took her across the country for conversations with all sorts of people, and led to the new book, The Sum of Us, which has been on the New York Times Bestseller's list since was released. Integrated Schools was also honored to make an appearance in the book. Listen here.
Also from Integrated Schools:

  • UPCOMING - Webinar: How We Show Up, Part 1: Join IS for an in-depth conversation about how we, as parents or caregivers with racial or economic privilege, work to center anti-racist integration when we arrive in integrating schools. You'll laugh! You'll cry! You'll hear first-hand stories of PTA paralysis, Recruitment Rollercoasters, the Ketchup Squirter, and more. April 19, 8 - 9:30PM EDT/ 5-6:30PM PDT. Register here.

  • ICYMI: From mid-March, Andrew Lefkowits of Integrated Schools chats with law professor and NCSD Research Advisory Panel (RAP) member Elise Boddie. Listen here.
THE WHITE SUPREMACY VIRUS
We are saddened by the tragic loss of life in Atlanta, GA. NCSD shares in the outrage and grief that this moment warrants.

It is clear to us that the anti-Asian and xenophobic sentiments that have come from the highest levels have fed the uptick in violence and vitriol aimed at the Asian-American community. It is a time not for allies but co-conspirators who, amongst other things, will take on racism, xenophobia, and misogyny in all their forms.

Related Links:

  • NCSD Member Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) Press Release




Ways to Engage:


RIDES ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The RIDES Annual Conference (via Zoom) will be a highly interactive, hands-on opportunity to engage with educators in schools, districts, and other organizations that support diversity, equity, and integration in their schools.
The goal is for attendees to leave with a refreshed vision for their work based on expert insights, research, and current practices, as well as strategies to build capacity for integration efforts at their organizations.

Concurrent sessions will share the latest practices and approaches for disrupting educational inequity, with a particular focus on what has been learned about the challenges and opportunities of sustaining race and equity work during the twin pandemics of the past year. 
JOIN AN EPIC 50 STATE CONVERSATION
Amplifying youth voice across the movement
Join us for our next screening of Nothing About Us on April 17th, leading up to our Fifty State Conversation on May 17th (the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education). Get your zoom ticket for April 17th at 7pm ET here.

Help us get the word out about this collaboration with Epic Theater Ensemble and Dodd Human Rights Impact (UCONN):

  • 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.
Is your organization planning to commemorate the 67th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education on May 17th?

We'll be keeping track of programming movement wide. Email your details to gchirichigno@prrac.org. Stay tuned!
MEMBER UPDATES
Update:

Research Advisory Panel member and co-director of CECR Erica Frankenberg worked with the Education Week Research Center to examine demographic changes in roughly 30,000 public schools across America’s 25 largest metropolitan areas between 2006-07 and 2017-18:




 
Update:

Lawsuit Challenging N.Y.C. School Segregation Targets Gifted Programs by Eliza Shapiro - "'This is the first case in the nation to seek a constitutional right to an anti-racist education,' said Mark Rosenbaum, one of the lawyers suing the city and state.
Mr. Rosenbaum, the director of Public Counsel Opportunity Under Law, a Los Angeles-based pro bono law firm, is joined on the case by prominent civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump, along with the law firm Sidley Austin and IntegrateNYC, a youth-led integration group."
Update:

The recordings are/will be available as well. Topics so far include:
  • Equitable Practices for Teaching Online – March 20, 2020
  • Digital Divide: Connectivity, Infrastructure and Devices – Held Tuesday, March 24, 2020
  • Tools & Tips to Alleviate the Homework Gap – Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Update:

  • Federal Action Removes Long-Standing Obstacle to School Integration by Janel George - "Federal support is vital to helping districts fulfill Brown’s promise of access to quality educational opportunities...These initiatives were effective—particularly when they received federal support. And the impact was significant for students attending integrated schools."
Update: 

METCO joined with a racial justice group from one of its suburban partner districts (Newton Families Organizing for Racial Justice) to host a panel discussion on "Segregation and Suburban Schools," which you can view here

METCO's youth leadership internship program B.E.A.T. (Boston Equity Action Teams), in which eight Boston high school students researched the history of school segregation including the origins of their own METCO program, was featured in a Boston Globe piece: In exploring the history of educational inequity, METCO students find echoes of the present.
Update: 

Press Release: LDF Seeks Additional Relief on Behalf of Black St. Martin Parish Students in School Desegregation Case - “Despite the consent order’s requirement that the school board reduce disparities in discipline and graduation rates, Black students remain twice as likely to be removed from classes and dropout,” said LDF Senior Counsel Monique Lin-Luse. “The school board must fulfill its promise of ensuring fairness and equal educational opportunities for all children.”
Update:

PRRAC latest policy brief proposes that HUD and the Department of Education should coordinate efforts to bring economically and racially diverse magnet schools into these newly revitalized public housing communities.

HUD’s most important public housing redevelopment tool, the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, was designed “to help transform high-poverty, distressed neighborhoods into mixed-income neighborhoods with the affordable housing, safe streets, and good schools every family needs.” 


NEWS FROM
ACROSS OUR
COUNTRY
National -

  • The Lingering Legacy of Redlining on School Funding, Diversity, and Performance by Dylan Lukes and Christopher Cleveland (The Annenberg Institute at Brown, March. 2021) - "We find districts and schools located today in historically redlined neighborhoods have less district-level per-pupil revenues, larger shares of Black and non-White student bodies, less diverse student populations, and worse average test scores relative to those located in A, B, and C neighborhoods."
Connecticut -

  • It’s Time to Fulfill Sheff v. O’Neill’s Legacy and Reform Connecticut’s Zoning by Thomas Broderick (Connecticut Mirror, March 11) - "The true legacy of Sheff v. O’Neill is straightforward: as long as housing and school districts are linked, we can’t build a more vibrant and just state until we tackle exclusionary zoning. Let’s use the 25th anniversary of this landmark case to propel us towards a better Connecticut."
Indiana -


Iowa -

  • Opinion: History Happens in Iowa, and We Should Teach It by Stefanie Wager (Des Moines Register, March 24) - "Alexander Clark, a prominent African-American leader, sued when his daughter wasn’t allowed to attend a public school in Muscatine. The case went to the Iowa Supreme Court in 1868 and led to school integration many years before the U.S. Supreme Court reached the same conclusion in Brown v. Board of Education."


Massachusetts -



  • Lawyers for Civil Rights Boston Press Release from coalition of Black, Latinx, and Asian American community organizations and families of color intervene to defend equity in Boston's highly selective public schools

  • NAACP Boston's statement on lawsuit: "[W]e will not allow our communities to be pitted against each other; rather, we are committed to working in unity to ensure all students, particularly Black, Latinx, Asian American, low-income and working-class families, who have been systematically denied opportunities, have more equitable access to fully-resourced and highly desirable schools."

  • Related: Opening the Doors at Elite Public Schools by Melissa Bailey (Hechinger Report, March 17): "Exam schools loom large both as symbols of opportunity and inequality in American public schools. Now, the nation's twin crises are shaking them to the core."
Michigan -

  • 90 years Before Brown v. Board, a Detroit Teacher Worked to Desegregate Schools Michigan Radio - NPR, March 24) - "In 1867, the Michigan Legislature added desegregation to state school legislation. Detroit area schools were chartered differently, however, and didn’t feel the need to abide by these new rules. A court case, Workman v. Detroit Board of Education, quickly made its way up the Michigan Supreme Court. It began after a Black man, Joseph Workman, tried to enroll his son in the school near their home, a school which Workman’s taxes helped pay for. [Fannie] Richards was part of the efforts to bring the case up."
Minnesota -

New Jersey -

New York -

  • 4 Things to Know About the Next NYC Schools Chancellor by Kay Dervishi (Chalkbeat, Feb. 12) - “The reality is, you know, segregation exists, and I'm not going to shy away from the importance of really looking at the inequities around admissions processes and really pushing forward for ways we can create opportunities and access for all students,” she said after de Blasio announced her appointment."






Washington, DC -

CROSS-MOVEMENT RESOURCE LIST


  • Opinion: The Coronavirus Made the Radical Possible by Rachel Cohen (New York Times, March 11) - “The public has a genuine but brief window over the next few months to make America a fairer, more just and more humane place. If people recognize that, seize that and demand that, they could reshape this country for decades."

  • From Raising Anti-Racist Kids to Being an Anti-Racist Family by Courtney E. Martin (The Nation, March 9) - "This is generational work. Which means that showing up at protest marches and posting on our social media are meaningful but not nearly enough. We must employ what Martin Luther King Jr. called 'creative maladjustment': doing what our parents and friends think is maybe a little too extreme and very much unexpected."




JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Learning Policy Institute
Mosaic Project
National Education Association (NEA)
NAACP LDF
Othering & Belonging Institute
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
The Magnet Schools of America presents four days of virtual conversations, workshops, and celebrations!

April 27 - 30, 2021

Join more than 1,000 of your peers online at MSA’s 38th National Conference for sessions on best practices in curriculum and instruction, technology integration, leadership, and magnet school design.
4/5 - 4/9
Virtual
Magnet Schools of America
4/7
Virtual
Student Assignment, De/Segregation, & Justice in Public School Systems - Featuring RAP Member Erica Frankenberg, Stefan Lallinger, & Mohammed Choudhury
Wake Forest University
4/21
Virtual
Othering & Belonging Institute
4/21 - 23
Virtual
Black at the Center - Organizational Launch Event
Center for Racial Justice and Youth Engaged
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.
NCSD MEMBERSHIP
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Contact Us
 National Coalition on School Diversity
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Phone: 202-544-5066