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Monique Lin-Luse, Assistant Counsel of NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Tanya Clay House, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for P-12 Education at the U.S. Department of Education, Iman Abdul,
Educational Consultancy Intern at IntegrateNYC4me, and Erica Frankenberg, Co-director of the Center for Education and Civil Rights at Penn State University participate in a panel discussion at the June 1 convening "Furthering Diversity in K-12 Schools through Student Assignment." For more information, see here.
10th Anniversary of 
Parents Involved

On June 28, 2007, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down one of the most influential education law cases of the 21st Century,  Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1  (PICS). While the Justices in PICS struck down a common racial integration technique used in the contested student assignment plans and created new difficulties for school districts seeking to support integrative student assignment policies, Justice Kennedy's concurring decision affirmed school diversity as a compelling state interest. Writing for a 5 Justice majority of the court, Justice Kennedy observed that 
This Nation has a moral and ethical obligation to fulfill its historic commitment to creating an integrated society that ensures equal opportunity for all of its children. A compelling interest exists in avoiding racial isolation, an interest that a school district, in its discretion and expertise, may choose to pursue. Likewise, a district may consider it a compelling interest to achieve a diverse student population. Race may be one component of that diversity, but other demographic factors, plus special talents and needs, should also be considered. 

The PICS decision, and Justice Kennedy's concurring opinion marking diverse schools as a compelling government interest, are at the core of the National Coalition on School Diversity's work. Relying on Justice Kennedy's framing of how school districts can constitutionally seek student diversity, and building on the powerful momentum of the PICS amicus campaign, NCSD members spearheaded an advocacy effort in the early years of the Obama Administration that ultimately resulted in the generation of guidance on the voluntary use of race to achieve student diversity and a series of diversity incentives in federal grant programs. This comprehensive federal guidance, in turn, helped to spur renewed school integration efforts across the country which continue today. 
(See Monday's New York Times editorial below!)

On June 28th join the conversation on social media. #CelebrateSchoolDiversity
Plyler v. Doe Turns 35 

This month also marks the 35th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Plyler v. Doe, which articulated the constitutional requirement that all students be afforded access to a free public education regardless of immigration status. Read more about this important decision here.
Update on School Diversity in New York

In June, New York City Department of Education released a long-awaited pro-diversity policy statement and framework for supporting the creation and growth of diverse schools. While the plan was met with a critical reception from many New York City school diversity advocates, the City's clear statement in support of diverse educational environments and commitment to sustained community engagement around the issue are significant wins for the advocacy community, and provide tools to support advocacy efforts moving forward. For a brief overview of how NCSD members working at both the local and federal level help achieve this milestone in New York City, see this piece from Michael Hilton and Kimberly Hall of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council.

The New York State Education Department was also active on the school diversity front this month. The State Education Department submitted a draft policy statement titled "Promoting Diversity: Integration in New York State" to the P-12 Education committee for consideration and discussion at the June Board of Regents Meeting. Many in the school diversity community hailed the State's draft statement for its frank consideration of segregation and integration in New York schools. The Board of Regents also announced the creation of a  Regents Research Work Group to oversee state-level school diversity work. Furthermore, several NCSD members and other New York based school diversity advocates submitted written testimony in support of New York's consideration of diversity and integration in the State's Every Student Succeeds Act plan.
Webinar: Building ESSA Plans for Equity and Opportunity 

Presented by the Schott Foundation for Public Education, a new webinar titled Building ESSA Plans for Equity and Opportunity is now available for parents, advocates, and other education stakeholders who want to learn about how they can influence state ESSA plans. 

While 17 states have already submitted ESSA plans to the U.S. Department of Education, most states are still in the development stages. Given that t he ESSA plans states and districts are designing now have the potential to lead to greater equity and opportunity, or to push policies that promote privatization  and disinvestment in public schools, robust public involvement is critical for the development of plans that support diverse, equitable schools.
  • Download the webinar slides here.
  • Download the Schott Foundation ESSA Infographic here.
  • Download the Schott Foundation Education Justice Network ESSA Toolkit here.
NCSD Member Updates
  • The Civil Rights Project at UCLA recently published a new manual to support school districts and schools seeking to develop high-quality diverse, equitable magnet school programs. The manual covers both the "why?" and "how?" of developing and sustaining diverse magnet schools, including consideration of how to build political will around the issue, and contains case studies and resources.
  • The Great Lakes Equity Center Equity Spotlight Podcast Series recently featured a conversation with David Glaser of the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation. Transcript of the conversation available here.
  • This summer Integrated Schools is convening a working group to develop an "Integrating Equitably" workbook aimed at parents, specifically those in white/privileged families, who are intentionally choosing integrated/integrating schools for their children.  This workgroop will draw from research and personal experience to provide a resource for families who have made this choice and who are committed to equity for all children and all parents. Participants  will be web-conferencing weekly, and welcome anyone who is interested to participate. If interested, please email  integratingschools@gmail.com.
  • The Maryland Equity Project released a report examining whether there is a teacher shortage in Maryland, titled "Is there a Teacher Shortage in Maryland? Examining Trends in Supply and Demand."
    In this report, author Erin Janulis examines trends in the supply and demand for teachers in Maryland, comparing how these trends have changed between 2005 and 2015, finding little evidence of a teacher shortage in Maryland.
  • On July 18th, Richard Rothstein will be giving a talk based on his new book, The Color of Law, at Diesel Bookstore, 5433 College Ave, Oakland, California. See NCSD Research Advisory Panel Member Richard Kahlenberg's review of the book here.
School Diversity in the News

On June 19th, Dana Goldstein of the New York Times published a report of integration efforts underway in Dallas public schools. Utilizing different approaches such as "transformation schools" and "innovation schools" the Dallas school system has made strides in bringing diverse students from charters and private schools back into the public system. 

A recent report from UCLA reveals that middle school students from a wide range of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds feel safer, less bullied, and more supported in schools that are more diverse. This research has potentially significant implications for states considering school climate as a factor in their ESSA accountability plans.

On June 7th, Kate Taylor of the New York Times reported on schools segregation in New York City Community School District 1. In this small, demographically diverse district, segregation is driven by parental choice rather than residential patterns, which does not fit the pattern that Mayor De Blasio has blamed for citywide school segregation.

On Monday, June 26, the New York Times Editorial Board published an op-ed examining the recent expansion of district level school diversity efforts. Noting the abdication of federal leadership on the issue via the revocation of the Opening Doors, Expanding Opportunities grant program, the editors opine that progress on school integration is now up to district level interventions driven by local advocates. The article highlights efforts by districts and charter networks in  California, Florida, Iowa, New York, Minnesota and North Carolina as examples of local efforts to combat segregation, and calls on New York City's Mayor de Blasio to name segregated schools as an issue the city must address.

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

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 please click here.
Learn more about IntegrateNYC4Me here
Upcoming Events of Interest

Community Schools is an Evidence-Based Strategy
Host: National Education Policy Center

Reimagining Education: Teaching and Learning in Racially Diverse Schools
Host: Columbia Teachers College
New York City, NY
AFT Teach 2017
Host: American Federation of Teachers
Washington, D.C.
Big Bang: The International Conference on Student-Centered Learning
Host: Big Picture Learning
St. Louis, MO
2017 International Conference on Education
Host: The Clute Institute
New York City, NY
2017 Annual Meeting: Culture, Inequalities and Social Inclusion Across the Globe
Host:American Sociological Association
Montreal, Quebec
Leadership for Justice
Host: Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law 
Woodstock, IL
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