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Upstream People: Can Nebraska Show a Separate, Unequal Nation a Better Way?

by Susan Eaton 

Yesterday, the One Nation Indivisible project released its profile of Nebraska's Learning Community, a regional education model that aims to reduce inequality, expand educational opportunity and create more socioeconomic diversity in the Omaha region. The only such model of its kind, the Learning Community emerged after anguished debate about big, messy issues most public leaders even in our most progressive metropolitan areas tend to avoid-things like segregation, righting the wrongs of past discrimination, social cohesion and fairness.
NCSD to DOE: Why Isn't Diversity Prioritized in "Investing in Innovation" Funding?

National Coalition on School Diversity  


For the fifth time, coalition members have commented on competitive funding guidelines issued by the Department of Education that fail to prioritize or even mention school diversity. The latest oversight is in the new guidelines for the Investing in Innovation Fund - a program that would be an excellent fit for innovative school practices operating within diverse school environments.  In this new comment letter, NCSD members pointedly ask:  "If school diversity is a Departmental funding priority, why is it excluded from the Investing in Innovation Fund?"

To see our comments, click here
Funding Notice Released for Magnet Schools Assistance Program Grants

US Department of Education  


DOE recently issued its notice inviting applications for its Magnet Schools Assistance Program. While the requirements and funding priorities are largely the same as the previous notice, there are a few changes worth noting:
  • There is a new competitive preference priority for programs promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. 
  • Applicants must now include "[p]rojected enrollment by race and ethnicity for magnet and feeder schools" in addition to information required in previous years. 
  • New language emphasizes a past requirement that, when applicable, applicants submit evidence of approval or official adoption of a voluntary desegregation plan.
  • The notice adds a requirement that applicants' voluntary desegregation plans "must demonstrate how LEAs will reduce, eliminate, or prevent minority group isolation."
  • The notice emphasizes the importance of desegregation efforts by significantly increasing the number of selection criteria points tied to efforts to successfully reduce, eliminate, or prevent minority group isolation.   
Notice of intent to apply is due to DOE by January 30, 2013 and applications are due on March 30, 2013. For more information about MSAP, click here.

FY 2013 Call for Peer Reviewers - The DOE is encouraging individuals from various backgrounds and professions with content expertise to apply to be peer reviewers for the FY 2013 MSAP Competition. Applications are due no later than February 22, 2013.
Magnet Schools: Improving Academic Achievement, Revitalizing Neighborhoods, and Promoting Integration

Magnet Schools of America 

9:00am -11:00am (breakfast at 8:30am)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013  

Capitol Visitor Center, Congressional Auditorium and Atrium
Washington, DC


The Magnet Schools of America will host a panel discussion on the intersection of federal housing and education policy, and how magnet schools promote higher academic achievement, integrated classrooms, and community stability and revitalization. The event will also feature a special presentation from the 2012 National Magnet School Principal of-the-Year, Jill Levine from the Normal Park Museum Magnet in Chattanooga,TN. This event is free and open to the public.



  • Phil Tegeler, Executive Director, Poverty & Race Research Action Council
  • Richard Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation
  • John Brittain, Professor of Law, University of the District of Columbia
  • Jill Levine, Principal, Normal Park Museum Magnet
  • Maree Sneed, Senior Partner, Hogan and Lovells (Moderator)

This panel discussion is part of the Magnet Schools of America's annual policy training conference.

Rodriguez at 40: Exploring New Paths to Equal Educational Opportunity

University of Richmond School of Law and the Charles Hamilton  Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School

Friday, March 8, 2013

University of Richmond School of Law

Richmond, Virginia   


This conference will honor the 40th anniversary of San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez, 411 U.S. 1 (1973), which held that the federal constitution did not guarantee a right to education. Click here for more information.  

"[M]ore white students than students of color across the Twin Cities metropolitan area are leaving racially diverse districts to enroll in predominantly white districts, a variation of the 'white flight' of the 1970s and 1980s when white families up and sold their homes and moved away from changing demographics in urban school districts or sent their children to private rather than public schools."
 -- Cynthia Boyd
Minnesota's new 'white flight': school open-enrollment program

Discussing NCSD member Myron Orfield's new report:
Open Enrollment and Racial Segregation
in the Twin Cities: 2000- 2010


January 2013

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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
  • Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society 
  • ERASE Racism
  • Voluntary Integration Choice Corporation

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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