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NCSD Members Issue Statement on Student Assignment in Eden Prairie, MN

Yesterday, NCSD issued Building Support for Educators in Racially Changing Suburbs, a statement urging equity-minded elected leaders, local residents, and state officials across our nation to draw lessons from recent events in Eden Prairie, MN. NCSD's statement highlights the need for policies that make stable, integrated, high quality public schools accessible to more children of all racial, cultural and linguistic backgrounds.  


Additional Resources:

  • Information about the Eden Prairie boundary changes can be found here
  • Click here to access resources related to school integration strategies in the Twin Cities region, produced by the Institute on Race & Poverty (IRP) at the University of Minnesota School of Law
  • Click here to browse through "Integrating Suburban Schools: How to Benefit from Growing Diversity and Avoid Segregation," published recently by the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles
  • Education Week subscribers can also find coverage of the Eden Prairie story here
National Conference on School Diversity

Celebrating the Legacy of Mendez and Brown  


Please join us on May 17th, 2012 in Washington, DC for the second national conference of the National Coalition on School Diversity.  We will: 

  • Continue engaging with key officials in the Obama Administration on education enforcement and policy actions
  • Hear testimony from educators about the challenges and successes of integration efforts in their local communities
  • Explore the connections between school diversity research and school reform policies and priorities

Venue and other details coming soon! 

  • School Racial and Economic Composition & Math and Science Achievement (Brief #1)
  • How the Racial and Socioeconomic Composition of Schools and Classrooms Contributes to Literacy, Behavioral Climate, Instructional Organization and High School Graduation Rates (Brief #2)
  • The Impact of Racially Diverse Schools in a Democratic Society (Brief #3)
  • What we know about school integration, college attendance, and the reduction of poverty (Brief #4)
  • School Integration and K-12 Educational Outcomes: A Quick Synthesis of Social Science Evidence (Brief #5)
  • Magnet School Student Outcomes: What the Research Says (Brief #6)
  • The Reciprocal Relationship Between Housing and School Integration (Brief #7) -- NEW


The Civil Rights Project at UCLA publishes The Integration Report, a monthly digest featuring news about integration programs nationwide. For more information or to sign up, click here.

"Integration is both a means and an end: integrated and inclusive planning practices  and policies are the means to truly sustainable communities; communities that are racially and economically  integrated are more likely to survive and thrive."  


-- "Framing the Connections:  Integrating Housing, Transportation and Education  in City and Regional Planning" by Deborah McKoy and Jeffrey Vincent in Finding Common Ground: Coordinating Housing and Education Policy to Promote Integration (2011)


This report grew out of a "Research and Policy Roundtable" discussion sponsored by PRRAC in February 2011 that  included leadership and staff from several divisions at Department of Housing and Urban Development and the  Department of Education, along with representatives from the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice.



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The National Coalition on School Diversity is a network of national civil rights organizations, university-based research institutes, local educational advocacy groups, and academic researchers seeking a greater commitment to racial and economic diversity in federal K-12 education policy and funding. We seek to procure a more significant political and financial commitment to racial and economic integration. We also support the work of state and local school diversity practitioners.
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The National Coalition on School Diversity is forming a network to help increase communication between education researchers, policymakers, and advocates. If you are an educational researcher and are interested in learning more about this developing community of researchers, please email the NCSD. 

To help inform NCSD's efforts, we are also in the process of creating a Research Advisory Panel. Confirmed members to date include:
  • Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Northeastern University
  • Jomills Henry Braddock II, University of Miami
  • Casey Cobb, University of Connecticut
  • John Diamond, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Erica Frankenberg, Penn State University
  • Douglas Harris, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Jennifer Jellison Holme, University of Texas at Austin
  • Richard Kahlenberg, The Century Foundation
  • Jamie Lew, Rutgers University
  • Roslyn Mickelson, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Pedro Noguera, New York University
  • sean reardon, Stanford University
  • Vanessa Siddle Walker, Emory University
  • Linda Tropp, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • Richard Valencia, University of Texas at Austin
  • Amy Stuart Wells, Columbia University
  • NAACP Legal Defense 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
  • Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School
  • Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA
  • University of North Carolina Center for Civil Rights
  • Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University
  • Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity at UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota
  • Professor Derek Black of Howard University School of Law
  • Professor Kevin Welner at the University of Colorado
  • Professor John C. Brittain at the University of the District of Columbia School of Law
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