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Civil Rights Project Reports Deepening Segregation, Challenges Educators and Political Leaders to Develop Positive Policies

From the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles

In the latest of its widely-cited reports analyzing segregation trends in the nation's public schools, and the first since the beginning of the Obama Administration, the UCLA Civil Rights Project recently released three new studies showing persistent and serious increases in segregation by race and poverty, with very dramatic results in the South and West, the nation's two largest regions where students of color now comprise the majority of public school enrollment. Nationally, the average black or Latino student now attends school with a substantial majority of children in poverty, double the level in schools of whites and Asians.

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Does School Diversity Appear in the Party Platforms?

From the Poverty and Race Research Action Council

Although the 2012 Democratic Platform calls for policies "[t]o enhance access and equity in employment, education, and business opportunities," and the Republican Platform calls generally for expanded "school choice," neither party platform mentions school diversity as a value or goal... 

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America's Racially Diverse Suburbs: Opportunities and Challenges

From the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity


Long perceived as predominantly prosperous white enclaves, suburbs are now at the cutting edge of racial, ethnic and political change in America. Racially diverse suburbs are growing faster than white suburbs, but resegregation threatens their prosperity and stability, according to a study released by Myron Orfield and Thomas Luce, through the recently renamed Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity at the University of Minnesota Law School.
"Federal Support for School Integration: A Status Report"

The National Coalition on School Diversity


Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and his DOE have expressed some support for school diversity and reduction of racial isolation, but this support is not yet reflected in the requirements and point systems of many key competitive grant programs, where it might make the most difference. This NCSD issue brief, released shortly after our May 17th conference, provides an overview of these policy opportunities. 
"We put the language majority kids in the position where they have to learn something from the Spanish speaking kids. And having students integrated together and being able to see and negotiate at the basis of how you build a socially connected or interconnected group of students, and school community and society." 

Deborah Sercombe

Principal of The Amigos School in Cambridge, MA

(from Have We Learned Our Language Lesson? by Susan Eaton)


On Being Bilingual v. Bicultural
On Being Bilingual v. Bicultural



September 2012

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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 socioeconomic diversity in federal K-12 education policy and funding. We also support the work of state and local school diversity practitioners.
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 NCSD Member Organizations 
  • 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 
  • 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  
  • Education Law Center 
  • Teaching Tolerance  
  • Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity at the University of Minnesota  
  • Education Rights Center, Howard University School of Law  
  • National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado  
  • Campaign for Educational Equity, Teachers College, Columbia University 
  • One Nation Indivisible  
  • Sheff Movement Coalition
  • New York Appleseed

Organizational membership in the NCSD is free and open to national, regional, and local organizations that are working to support racial and economic integration in public schools. Member groups will be listed on the NCSD website, and will be asked to help publicize NCSD publications and events, and to support NCSD advocacy efforts, as appropriate, at the U.S. Department of Education, in state governments, and in Congress. NCSD policy decisions are made by an established steering committee of national civil rights organizations and several academic advisers.


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