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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."
July 6, 2016
Under pressure from advocates, city inches toward district-wide integration plan
Top officials are considering a plan to better integrate schools in Manhattan's District 1. Advocates say that's a sign of progress, yet some want the city to go further.
April 12, 2016
In Manhattan’s vast District 2, some parents seek a district-wide integration plan
Parent leaders argued that the selective admissions systems used by many of the district’s middle schools have worked to sort students along race and class lines.
February 11, 2016
Schools could bend rules through PROSE to boost diversity, officials suggest
Several schools are now eyeing the city’s PROSE program as a way to change their admissions rules, and the city says it will consider their ideas.
to do list
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.
December 31, 2015
City took steps to boost academic diversity in 2015, new report shows
The report was required by the City Council's new School Diversity Accountability Act, which also mandated the release of student demographic data.
October 29, 2015
On Upper West Side, Fariña says school integration can’t be forced on parents
Chancellor Carmen Fariña said during a town hall meeting that while diversity benefits all students, integration should not be forced on communities.
October 28, 2015
City moves to delete contentious footnote in admissions rules that limits role of race
Chancellor Carmen Fariña bowed to pressure from advocates to remove a line in the admissions code that limits the consideration of race.
A tale of two schools
October 19, 2015
For two sharply divided Manhattan schools, an uncertain path to integration
P.S. 191 and 199 are neighbors with glaring disparities. Competing plans could help change that — but not everyone is on board.
September 1, 2015
Nearly a year after NYC principals float diversity plans, city has yet to sign off
A group of principals wants to promote diversity through admissions changes, but the de Blasio administration has not approved their requests.
May 27, 2015
‘Memphis 13’ to be honored with historical school markers
More than half a century after 13 black first-graders pioneered integration of schools in Memphis, historic markers will go up in their honor at the four schools they attended.
December 30, 2014
State offers city $10M to improve diversity at eight low-performing schools
Updated, 4:55 p.m. — The state is offering the city up to $10 million over the next three years to increase diversity at…
brown at 60
May 14, 2014
In speech on school integration, King takes a dig at the city's enrollment rules
In a speech commemorating the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board, State Education Commissioner John King noted that district boundaries and school zones across the state and in New York City have been drawn in a way that "actually foster segregation by class."
July 5, 2012
Charter schools no silver bullet for integration, but a start
The comments posted in response to my recent GothamSchools Q&A on gentrification and schools were very helpful in pushing my thinking, and I greatly appreciate those readers who took the time to engage with my work. For those who read my interview but did not follow the back and forth in the comments section, let me quickly summarize what I heard from readers.
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.
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