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NCSD members Courtney Everts Mykytyn and Sarah Camiscoli present "Growing the Integration Movement Through Youth and Parent Engagement" at the Magnet Schools of America 2017 National Conference. IntegrateNYC4Me and IntegratedSchools.org are both organizations working with parents and students to expand awareness of and support for integration.  See an example of such student-led grassroots work here.
New York State Education Department Considers School Diversity Strategies Under the Every Student Succeeds Act

As reported by Monica Disare in Chalkbeat NY, education officials in the New York State Education Department discussed using the Every Student Succeeds Act to encourage racial and socioeconomic integration in schools at the Board of Regents meeting on April 4th.

According to the proposed "High Concept Idea," NY State Education Department officials are considering the use of integration measures as a factor in evaluating school performance, as well as proposing integration strategies as evidence-based Title I interventions to improve students' academic outcomes. This usage of state ESSA plans to fight segregation and support integration was previously recommended by the NCSD, and we are excited to see this work being carried forward in New York.

NCSD member organization New York Appleseed, which advocates for integrated schools in New York, has generated a letter of support for the proposed high concept idea, which can be read here.
School Choice, School Vouchers, and Integration in the News

Following the  confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education  the topic of school choice, and school vouchers in particular,  has received increased public scrutiny. News media outlets, in turn, have stepped-up reporting on issues of school choice, vouchers, and integration.   T he selected pieces below reflect an evolving discussion in the education and civil rights communities regarding the  growing   role of choice in student assignment what that means for the health of our public education system, and our democratic society as a whole.
The Civil Rights Community Responds to Candice Jackson Appointment

The Leadership Coalition for Civil Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations convened to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, recently sent a letters to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray of the Health, Labor, Pensions and Education committee, expressing concern about the Department's commitment to protecting the civil rights of all students. The letter was prompted by the appointment of Candice Jackson as the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Civil Rights and Acting Assistant Secretary. Jackson's past statements cast doubt on whether she will actively and faithfully pursue investigations in response to allegations of unfair treatment by women and minority students.

Given the critical roles that the Department of Eduaction and the Office of Civil Rights play in ensuring students are protected from discrimination, the letter urges Secretary DeVos and the Trump administration to nominate an individual for the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights role who believes every student has a right to learn, be treated with dignity, and be protected from discrimination.


The letter to Secretary DeVos can be found here, and the letter to Senators Alexander and Murray can be found here.

NCSD Member Updates
  • On March 30, The Leadership Conference for Civil Rights hosted a webinar with NCSD member MALDEF alongside the National Immigration Law Center, AFT, and NEA regarding the Educational Rights of Immigrant Children (see a recording of the webinar here). The webinar was such a success the groups will host a second, Spanish language webinar on the same topic on May 25 at 7:00pm. Registration for the Spanish language webinar available here.
  • Erica Frankenberg, Co-director of the Center for Education and Civil Rights, published a new paper in April, titled "Assessing Segregation Under a New Generation of Controlled Choice Policies." In this paper Frankenberg examines the impact of post-Parents Involved school choice systems on school integration, finding that the new generalized, race-conscious student assignment programs in districts like Jefferson County, KY, are largely able to maintain integrated schools, with some increases in racial segregation.
  • NCSD Research Advisory Panel member Sean Reardon, Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education at Stanford University, has been named as a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow for his research into educational opportunity and achievement gaps in America.
Furthering Diversity in K-12 Schools through Student Assignment

Dates: June 1, 2017
Location: Washington, DC
Main contact: Erica Frankenberg (euf10@psu.edu) or Andrew Pendola (amp450@psu.edu)
On June 1, the Center for Education and Civil Rights at Penn State University, will host an event at Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C., where s chool leaders will work alongside one another, advocates, and researchers on learning more about various aspects of designing, implementing, and sustaining student assignment plans that promote racial and socioeconomic diversity. This meeting will include new research about what diversity efforts districts are undertaking and what is known about the effectiveness of these models. Participants will also learn from one another about local successes and challenges regarding the design of diversity plans as well as how to effectively communicate about the plan with local communities. Expected outcomes are:
  1. Establishing on-going support networks for districts and charter schools;
  2. Providing school leaders with research to assist them wherever they are in the process of considering or implementing racial and socioeconomic diversity efforts; and
  3. Learning about other resources that can assist with integration efforts.
Registration is free, and the event will be held at the Georgetown Law Center in Washington, DC, which is easily accessible via public transportation.  For more information and a link to register, see  https://cecr.ed.psu.edu/furthering-diversity-k-12-schools-through-student-assignment .
Book Tour: The Color of Law
Richard Rothstein's forthcoming book, The Color of Law, has been hailed as powerful historical work that confronts the reality of how the American government worked in the 20th century to create and maintain the residential racial segregation that plagues our country today.

Rothstein will be holding a series of lectures around the country in the coming months to discuss this important, revealing work. See details below.  
IntegrateUS 2017 Summer Institute: Building a National Movement of Youth Leaders for Integration

Dates: August 2-5
Location: New York City, NY
Main contact: Sarah Camiscoli, sarah@integratenyc4me.com

IntegrateNYC4me is a youth-led organization that brings young people from segregated schools together to investigate the impact of segregation on their lives and design solutions for school integration that will impact the 1.1 million students in the NYC DOE. IntegrateNYC4me will be hosting the "IntegrateUS 2017 Summer Institute: Building a National Movement of Youth Leaders for Integration." The institute will join, train, and catalyze youth leaders and their adult allies to build their own chapters of Integrate in their communities and to realize the kind of transformation our nation's students know to be possible and feel to be necessary. If you are interested in joining the summer institute or learning more about how you and your allies can  bring the magic and transformation of youth-led integration to your community, please contact: sarah@integratenyc4me.com.
Upcoming Events of Interest

IntegrateNYC4Me Youth Council Symposium: Are We Integrated?
Host: IntegrateNYC4Me 
New York City, NY
The National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in Higher Education
Host: Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies
Fort Worth, TX
Critical Race Studies in Education Association
Host: Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN
School Integration By Race &Class: A Movement Reborn?Host: Albert Shanker Institute Washington, DC
NDRN 2017: P&A/CAP Annual Conference
Host: National Disability Rights Network
Baltimore, MD
Social Justice Training Institute
Host: Social Justice Training Institute
Springfield, MA
NCSD National Conference
Host: National Coalition on School Diversity
New York City, NY

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  * IntegrateNYC4me  * 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

Contact Us
  National Coalition on School Diversity
c/o Poverty and Race Research Action Council
Website: school-diversity.org
Email: school-diversity@prrac.org
Mailing Address: 1200 18th St. NW #200 Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-544-5066