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March 16, 2018
An integration dilemma: School choice is pushing wealthy families to gentrify neighborhoods but avoid local schools
The ability to opt out of the neighborhood school increased the likelihood that a mostly black or Hispanic neighborhood would see an influx of wealthier residents.
December 12, 2017
Gentrification is changing Denver schools. These recommendations aim to address that.
One recommendation: Denver Public Schools should create a clear and community-driven process for consolidating under-enrolled schools.
October 25, 2017
Aurora school district looking at enrollment challenges, sees need for new plan
Aurora Public Schools will gather input to draft a strategic plan to guide the district as it deals with different enrollment and building capacity issues in the future.
October 10, 2017
Aurora school enrollment continues sharp decline, but budget woes not expected
This year Aurora Public Schools has enrolled 867 students less than last year — almost twice the number of students lost between 2015 and 2016.
June 5, 2017
Gentrification is changing Denver’s schools. This initiative aims to do something about it.
A committee will make recommendations on how to drive racial and economic integration.
April 27, 2017
The thorny problem of segregated schools and Denver’s newest plan to address it
Denver Public Schools' plan for a new committee to address school integration unfolds as a new report illuminates the district's segregation problem.
July 7, 2016
What role should parents play in promoting integration? Nikole Hannah-Jones and two other public school parents weigh in
"This problem will never be fixed on a school-by-school basis. You need leadership from the top, it has to be systemic."
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February 10, 2016
Searching for answers to segregation, Fariña enlists top deputy and solicits local ideas
In an exclusive interview, Chancellor Carmen Fariña explained that she's open to policy changes to promote diversity, but also searching for community-created plans.
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January 23, 2015
As Denver Public Schools enrollment booms, poverty rate drops
The number of high-income students in Denver Public Schools is growing more quickly than the number of low-income students.
June 7, 2012
Researcher suggests strategies for recruiting "gentry parents"
Jennifer Stillman, author of today's installment of "Useable Knowledge" New York City neighborhoods that undergo gentrification don't always wind up with diverse schools. In the Community section today, Jennifer Stillman explains her research into why — and her suggestions for how the city could tip the scales toward school integration in changing neighborhoods. Stillman's Community section contribution is part of “Useable Knowledge," a GothamSchools feature that aims to promote policy based off of educational research. In the series, researchers present their research and findings, as well as policy implications that could inform education policy locally and elsewhere. And readers are invited to join the conversation. Stillman studied the relationship between neighborhood gentrification and school integration as a doctoral student in politics and education at Columbia University's Teachers College. She found that public schools in gentrifying neighborhoods offer the perfect opportunity for social mixing between people of different backgrounds — but that getting "gentry parents," her term for upper-middle-class, white newcomers, to send their children to those schools is difficult.
June 7, 2012
Researcher: Gentrification can turn into school integration
The Useable Knowledge series brings education research to GothamSchools readers. In the second installment, Jennifer Stillman presents her research into racially diverse schools in gentrifying neighborhoods. Stillman, a research analyst for the Department of Education’s Office of Innovation, earned a doctorate in politics and education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She lives in Harlem. Leave questions for Stillman about her research in the comments section. What questions guided your research? I researched the process of school integration in gentrifying neighborhoods because I think school integration remains an important societal goal, despite the dismantling of racial integration programs across the nation. Gentrifying neighborhoods seem full of potential. I wanted to figure out how a school without any white, middle-class families goes through the process of integration. What does it take to attract the first white families to a school in a gentrifying neighborhood? And the next wave? And the next? Why do these families stay or go? Is there a point at which we can say the school has successfully integrated? My research question was one of process, not outcomes, relying on existing literature that links integration with positive effects. I am a “gentry parent” myself (which I define as white, middle and upper-middle class, highly educated parents who are gentrifying a neighborhood with their presence and wealth), and I understand why neighborhood gentrification is controversial.
March 11, 2009
A divided house spars over charter schools' growth in Harlem
The large auditorium at P.S. 194 in Harlem was filled to the brim for last night's meeting. <em>Photo by Kyla Calvert. </em> Despite repeated cries for a calmer debate, including one from a City Council representative who said he was dismayed by the "divided house," it was wagging fists, name-calling, and raucous shouting matches that ruled the day at a hearing last night in Harlem. The crowd had gathered to discuss the city's proposal to replace P.S. 194, an elementary school the city announced in December it plans to phase out, with a charter school founded by Eva Moskowitz. But they left late last night with no consensus on what to do next, aside from the resounding certainty that the move to add more charter schools to Harlem — which now has 24 charter schools, making it second only to New Orleans in market saturation — will not happen without a bitter fight. Among those who spoke out against the charter school coming into P.S. 194 were Annie B. Martin, president of the New York chapter of the NAACP; City Council member Robert Jackson; City Council member Inez Dickens; a staff member of state Sen. Bill Perkins; and a representative of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. Jackson not only condemned the decision but said he is considering holding a hearing at City Hall to pursue the matter. The dissenting voices often collided with equally passionate parents and teachers at the charter school, Harlem Success Academy 2, and the two camps found themselves in several shouting matches. At one point, a P.S. 194 mother screamed so loudly into the microphone about her despair that 194 is shutting down that a Harlem Success mother stood up with her finger to her mouth. "Shh!" she said. When the woman did not calm down, the charter school mother took her twin son and daughter by the hand and pulled them out of the auditorium. "I don't need my kids to see this," another Harlem Success mother had said moments earlier, tugging her children out of the assembly hall. At other moments, emotional testimony led pockets of the audience to rise to their feet in anger. The shouting drowned out any words.
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