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Students with the Epic Theatre Ensemble in collaboration with New York Appleseed and The Century Foundation, perform "Keeping It 100: Students Challenge School Segregation" at St. Ann's in Brooklyn, NY.
Federal Education Budget Updates

The  Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 (signed into law May 5th) lays out the federal budget until September 30, 2017, and includes a bump for the Magnet Schools Assistance Program, up to $97.6 million.

On May 23rd, the Trump Administration released their proposed budget for 2018. Thanks in part to the unprecedented request for a massive overall reduction in federal spending on critical programs,  the education budget proposal was immediately met with backlash from supporters of public education. 

There are several proposals in the Trump budget that are particularly concerning. First, the Furthering Options for Children to Unlock Success (FOCUS) program, which leverages Title I money to encourage states to create school choice programs,  could drastically  deepen  existing resource inequities between districts. Next, the Charter Schools Program receives a nearly 50% boost in funds, despite  mixed evidence of student success and the  segregative effect of charters . Finally, the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) grant program is retooled to narrowly focus on building research support for school voucher programs, rather than examining a myriad of different innovative education practices.

The Poverty & Race Research Action Council issued a critique of the proposed budget.

The National Coalition on School Diversity is now accepting proposals for our upcoming 2017 conference: 
A Struggle We Must Win: Advancing School Integration through Activism, Youth Voice, and Policy Reform

We encourage proposals on a variety of subjects, including but not limited to the following:
  • State/local-led integration efforts (including those in organizing stage)
  • Centering student voice
  • Power shifting
  • Empowering another generation of integration activists, scholars, advocates, and policymakers
  • Framing, messaging, narrative
  • Research and evaluation
  • Practical tools for activists (e.g. conducting a power analysis, facilitation skillbuilding, being on the front line, self care)
  • Making integration work In schools (pedagogy, curriculum, school climate, discipline)
  • Anti-racist practices and/or decentering whiteness w/in the integration movement
  • Litigation, legal theory, and advocacy strategies
  • Democracy
  • Connecting integration to other social justice or education issues/movements
Send in your proposal today! Retweet this announcement   or  share on Facebook.

On May 17th, 2017, the 63rd anniversary of the Brown v. Board decision, Representatives Bobby Scott of Virginia and John Conyers, Jr. of Michigan introduced The Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act (EIEA). The bill, if enacted, would empower parents and communities to address racial inequities in public education, including inequities in access to educational resources.
Diversity in New York State's ESSA Plan

The New York State Department of Education released the state's draft Every Student Succeeds Act plan on May 5th. The draft plan includes support for diverse schools, indicating that the Board of Regents will "u se Title I School Improvement Funds to support the efforts of districts to increase diversity and reduce socioeconomic and racial/ethnic isolation in schools." While this is a great step to support diverse schools by New York, as the NCSD has suggested in the past, more can be done under ESSA to support school diversity. Specifically, New York can and should utilize the school accountability design process to make the rates of racial and socioeconomic isolation at schools as compared to their counties a factor for determining whether schools are meeting their educational obligations to students. 

Comments on New York's ESSA plan can be submitted, prior to June 16th, at public hearings, by email to, or by regular mail to Dr. Lisa Long, New York State Education Department, Office of Accountability, 4th Floor, 55 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, New York 11217.

Both New York Appleseed and the NCSD recently submitted letters to the Board of Regents applauding New York's leadership on supporting integration under ESSA, and urging the state to take even more ambitious steps. 

Dates: June 7th, 12:00pm EST.
Location:  555 New Jersey Ave, NW, Washington DC 20001

NCSD Members Gary Orfield of the UCLA Civil Rights Project and Richard Kahlenberg of The Century Foundation, along with other panelists, will discuss the resurgence of grassroots movements toward school integration. Brining a variety of perspectives, the experts in attendance at this event will examine segregation by race, class, and ethnicity in American schools, and identify potential paths forward to aid school integration on all fronts.
NCSD Member Updates
  • Congratulations to NCSD Research Advisory Panel member John Diamond, who received the Spencer Midcareer Grant to further examine equity in racially diverse schools. The grant will allow Professor Diamond expand on his important research by pursuing a new project called "District Leadership for Equity in Racially Diverse School Systems."
  • Gail Sunderman of the Maryland Equity Project authored a recently released report for the Abell Foundation on dual enrollment in Maryland. Gail also co-authored a recently released policy brief from the National Center on Education Policy. Finally, the Maryland Equity Project recently posted video from a panel discussion on ESSA by the group hosted in April.
  • The UCLA Civil Rights Project recently released a new report regarding segregation in the American South. "Southern Schools: More Than a Half-Century After the Civil Rights Revolution" examines the region's creeping resegregation through two common measure of school segregation: a measure of concentration (or the percentage of students in racially isolated schools), and the isolation index (which reveals the interracial exposure for a "typical" student of a given school). Also from the UCLA Civil Rights Project, in conjunction with the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University Bloomington, is a new report titled "Examining the Cross-Roads:School Segregation in Indiana."

Book Tour: The Color of Law
Richard Rothstein continues his book tour for The Color of Law, a 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 which was recently featured on NPR.

Details on upcoming book tour dates below.  
Building a National Movement of Youth Leaders for Integration (IntegrateUS 2017 Summer Institute)

Dates: August 2-5
Location: New York City, NY
Main contact: Sarah Camiscoli,

NYC Students Propose Solutions to Put an End to School Segregation
NYC Students Propose Solutions to Put an End to School Segregation
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

Learn more about IntegrateNYC4Me here
Upcoming Events of Interest

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

Reimagining Education: Teaching and Learning in Racially Diverse Schools
Host: Columbia Teachers College
New York City, NY
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
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 *  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
Mailing Address: 1200 18th St. NW #200 Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-544-5066