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July 17, 2018
To integrate specialized high schools, are gifted programs part of the problem or the solution?
As debate has erupted in recent weeks over Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to overhaul admissions to the city’s most prestigious specialized…
July 9, 2018
How school desegregation efforts could change, or not, after DeVos’s move to scrap Obama-era guidance on race
The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw guidance dealing with race in school admissions last week wasn’t just about…
June 22, 2018
New York City schools Chancellor Richard Carranza on segregation, national politics, and being Mexican-American
In his two months on the job, Chancellor Richard Carranza has left little room to doubt how he thinks and feels about…
here's the plan
June 20, 2018
Brooklyn middle schools may eliminate academic ‘screening’ in effort to integrate
In a Brooklyn district where middle schools are sharply divided by race and class, a radical recommendation to spur integration has emerged: eliminating…
June 19, 2018
I fight for integrated schools in New York City. I’m also Asian-American. Mayor de Blasio, let’s talk.
Shino Tanikawa explains why she's concerned about the rollout of the mayor's plan to integrate New York City's specialized schools — and how the process can be salvaged.
June 6, 2018
The scene at Stuyvesant: Students who’ve succeeded at SHSAT wary of new plan, though some want change
As politicians and parents take sides over a new plan to scrap the specialized high school test, students at the center of the controversy wrestle with the issue.
June 6, 2018
Can lowering class size help integrate schools? Maybe, according to new research
A recent study suggests a concrete way that schools can attract and keep white families, while also boosting student achievement: lower class sizes.
Take the test
June 4, 2018
Everybody is talking about the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test. Here’s what it looks like
The test stands at the center of a contentious debate that blew open last weekend over the stark underrepresentation of black and Hispanic students there.
sorting the students
June 2, 2018
Mayor Bill de Blasio: Our specialized schools have a diversity problem. Let’s fix it.
We are living with monumental injustice, de Blasio writes.
May 25, 2018
In Denver’s gentrifying neighborhoods, some middle-class parents are avoiding the school down the block
“Everybody wants schools to be more ethnically and socioeconomically diverse. But the only control you have over that as a parent is to send your child there."
Compare and Contrast
May 24, 2018
Comparing the Upper West Side and Harlem integration plans: Here’s how schools, admissions offers could change
Following an uproar over a plan to integrate Manhattan’s District 3, the Department of Education introduced three more proposals to change the makeup…
May 17, 2018
Controversial integration plan for Upper West Side middle schools changes, but it’s unclear whether more parents will get on board
“Here’s the problem: Maybe instead of there being four desirable middle schools, there should be fifteen."
change is coming
May 14, 2018
City may consider more than just test scores in controversial Upper West Side integration proposal
This week’s meeting to discuss an integration proposal for Upper West Side middle schools was already expected to be controversial. But it…
May 7, 2018
Exclusive Center School will join Upper West Side integration push, education department says
One of the most exclusive schools on the Upper West Side could be included in a controversial integration plan after all — just…
out of bounds
May 2, 2018
How school choice differs for black and white families in New York City and other takeaways from a new report
In New York City, a surprising number of elementary school students opt-out of their neighborhood schools — but who travels, where they go,…
April 30, 2018
Meet the NYC principal in the spotlight for defending desegregation against angry parents
Zymeck has spent his 26-year teaching career entirely at the Computer School, becoming an educator later in life after working on Wall Street and as a legal assistant.
April 27, 2018
Chancellor Richard Carranza stands by his tweet of viral video in Upper West Side integration fight
Carranza also received some backing from his boss, Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has been criticized for appearing far more reluctant to tackle the issue.
April 27, 2018
A Chalkbeat cheat sheet: What’s going on with Upper West Side desegregation
Here’s a primer to the controversy that suddenly has everyone talking about state tests, middle school admissions, and privilege.
April 25, 2018
Push to curb academic segregation on the Upper West Side generates a backlash — and support
“We are not offering all students equity and access across all the district,” said District 3 Superintendent Ilene Altschul. “We need to do something.”
April 3, 2018
Three things we heard about educational equity during #MLK50
Five decades after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., segregation remains a major barrier to achievement for students of color, according to a panel of experts.
By the numbers
March 29, 2018
Memphis school segregation worse than 50 years ago
And without a re-entry of white families into the city’s school system and massive policy changes, the segregation will only worsen, say academics.
March 26, 2018
Tennessee opened a Pandora’s box by lifting the ban on new school districts. Now on to the details.
With more towns exploring whether to start their own school systems, state lawmakers say a deeper study is in order. Now the question is the study's scope.
March 16, 2018
These 11-year-old Brooklyn students are asking New York City to do something about segregated schools
While they learned about the history of segregation, a group of Brooklyn 11-year-olds took a good look around their classrooms and realized their…
March 11, 2018
What’s on deck at the March Regents meeting? A lot of charter school business.
Twenty charter schools will be discussed, in some capacity, by the board on Monday.
March 7, 2018
Coming to a borough near you: Mayor de Blasio’s School Diversity Advisory Group hits the road with a series of town halls
The group will kick off a series of town hall meetings on Thursday in the Bronx, the first in a tour of public workshops that will take place in every borough.
February 27, 2018
Denver should seize on this moment to better integrate schools, report says
The report from A Plus Colorado offers several recommendations for how to do that.
February 12, 2018
Indianapolis writer wonders if ‘our discomfort was rooted in prejudice’ when he didn’t get his child’s first school choice
"We simply saw a school with lots of poor kids in a poor neighborhood, and our parental instinct — impulsive, judgmental, illogical — kicked in."
February 12, 2018
When diversity backfires: How schools can lose funding as they try to integrate
For years, M.S. 442 Carroll Gardens School for Innovation served mostly low-income students. But with more well-off families picking the Brooklyn school than ever before,…
January 30, 2018
Who’s who on New York City’s School Diversity Advisory Group
The task given to the group, which began meeting last month, is to evaluate the city’s current proposals and recommend additional ways to promote school integration.
the right mix
January 25, 2018
How to integrate Manhattan middle schools? This parent says make them enroll a mix of low- and high-achievers
Shino Tanikawa is part of a small but growing group of advocates trying to combat segregation in New York City by reforming how students are assigned to schools
January 24, 2018
Denver wants more affluent schools to prioritize enrolling poor students
Thus far, the results of a pilot program have been mixed.
January 11, 2018
New York’s most segregated school districts can now apply for integration training
Twenty-two districts are eligible to apply for integration-training grants, including 11 districts in New York City.
December 26, 2017
New York City students share why they’re fighting for school integration
New York City schools are among the most segregated in the country, and students are playing a growing role in the budding movement to do something about that.
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.
December 11, 2017
Just as Lower East Side integration plan takes off, superintendent who helped craft it steps down
The longtime superintendent of the Manhattan community district where parents pushed for a plan to desegregate the local schools is stepping down just as the…
December 6, 2017
New York City must move faster to combat school segregation, lawmakers say
Ahead of a city council hearing Thursday where lawmakers are set to grill the de Blasio administration on its plan…
By the numbers
December 5, 2017
New York City expands integration program, adding the prestigious Bard high school in Queens
The program affects a tiny fraction of city students. But it has been one of the most tangible steps taken by the de Blasio administration toward addressing segregation.
November 29, 2017
In a district aiming for integration, can New York City sway parents’ school choices?
New York City officials are hoping that an unused corner of a Lower East Side elementary school will help achieve what has long eluded this…
November 22, 2017
What happened when Denver prioritized enrolling low-income students at some affluent schools
The goal was to increase socioeconomic integration in a gentrifying city.
November 20, 2017
Five months in, crucial part of New York City’s school diversity plan begins to take shape
Five months after New York City officials announced a much-anticipated plan to address school segregation, an advisory group that is supposed to help put…
November 16, 2017
As school districts push for integration, decades-old federal rule could thwart them
Districts across the country want to use federal money for school buses to help with desegregation, but an old spending restriction could get in the way.
November 14, 2017
In a growing push to promote school integration, New York announces new round of grants
The state will award up to 30 districts with the new grants, whose purpose has expanded beyond just economic integration.
November 9, 2017
Parents at a selective middle school fear an influx of ‘unscreened’ students
A proposal to close a struggling middle school could have ripple effects on its neighbor: A diverse, high-performing school in the same building.
October 26, 2017
With critical parents now on board, New York City will move forward with district-wide diversity plan
The New York City education department has finally won over some parent advocates who said officials disregarded the community’s vision for an integration plan.
October 23, 2017
New York City inches towards a diversity plan for middle schools in a segregated Brooklyn district
After sustained pressure from advocates and elected officials, the New York City education department is taking steps towards a plan to promote diversity in middle…
October 17, 2017
Do ‘good’ parents prep their kids for gifted exams? The answer varies by race, study finds
Is getting your child into a gifted-and-talented program a mark of good parenting? How you answer may depend largely on your race or ethnicity, according to new research.
'Teach Us All'
October 13, 2017
Netflix documentary on school integration spotlights New York City but troubles some activists
With a film crew rolling, Hebh Jamal boarded the subway before dawn to start her commute to Beacon High School in Manhattan’s Theater District…
September 12, 2017
Prodded by advocates, city unveils district-wide integration plan for Lower East Side
The plan’s goal is for each school’s share of disadvantaged students to match the district’s.
September 11, 2017
I covered Tennessee’s ed beat for Chalkbeat. Here’s what I learned.
Reporter Grace Tatter shares six things about public education that she learned on the job at the Statehouse — and now takes with her to graduate school.
September 5, 2017
A top state education policymaker benefited from integration. Now, he wants to bring it back.
Now, Brown, a lawyer in Rochester, is in charge of making sure students across New York state today have the same opportunity he did some 50 years ago.
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