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Students Discuss Segregation and Educational Opportunity on Nickelodeon News with Linda Ellerbee

In Black, White, and Brown v. Board of Education: A Return to Segregated Schools?, you'll hear from students in St. Louis, New Orleans, Washington D.C., and Hartford who are fighting against segregation and educational inequality.

New York Times: Magnet Schools Find a Renewed Embrace in Cities

A recent article by Motoko Rich describes how magnet schools in Miami-Dade County, Florida--and urban districts across the United States--are reinvesting in magnet schools. He writes, "[b]ecause magnets are fully part of public school systems...reviving them is seen as part of an effort to save public schools." In Miami-Dade County, he notes, the number of students attending magnets has grown by 35% in the past four years. Nationally, "about 2.8 million students [attend] magnet schools--more than the nearly 2.6 million enrolled in charter schools." 


Rich's article describes some of the challenges districts face in ensuring that magnet schools are equitable, diverse, and inclusive. We'd love to hear your thoughts about this on Facebook. 


Related NCSD Resources

Maximizing Walkability, Diversity, and Educational Equity in U.S. Schools

A recent PolicyLink report, Maximizing Walkability, Diversity, and Educational Equity in U.S. Schools, explores whether 
 "diversity" and "walkability" are compatible goals. The report attempts to address the following questions (from pg. 2):
  • What are the factors that prohibit the creation of walkable schools that are racially and economically diverse? 
  • Where will community-centered schools fit into the landscape when they are countered by policies that send students well beyond their home communities?
  • How can communities strive for racially diverse school populations and provide more children with opportunities for physical activity through walking and bicycling?

Drawing from a national dialogue between leaders in health, public education (including members of the NCSD), and urban planning, Maximizing Walkability, Diversity, and Educational Equity in U.S. Schools helps begin a crucial conversation about how cross-sector collaborations might help promote diverse, high-quality, and more walkable schools for all children. 


The NCSD looks forward to continuing this discussion and learning more about how specific communities have responded to the challenges outlined in this report. Please contact us if you feel we can be of assistance, or if you want to share related information/resources. 


New York Appleseed's new briefing, Segregation in NYC District Elementary Schools and What We Can Do About It: Addressing Internal Segregation and Harnessing the Educational Benefits of Diversity, examines intra-school segregation in elementary schools and discusses how schools can harness the power of racial and economic diversity in the classroom and beyond. 

February 25, 2014
VCU Student Commons  
Richmond, VA
Choice, Equity, Diversity and Student Success: The Magnet School Way: An evening with Scott Thomas hosted by the School of Professional and Continuing Studies and the Center for Leadership in Education at the University of Richmond
May 15-18, 2014
Hartford, CT
Magnet Schools of America 2014 National Conference, hosted by Hartford Public Schools
May 16, 2014
Washington, DC
60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education Commemoration Event, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
May 21, 2014
Hope College Holland, MI
The Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance's 2014 Summit on Race and Inclusion, Dismantling Unintentional Biaswill feature sessions with: john powell, Manuel Pastor, Phil Tegeler, Alvin Herring, Susan Eaton, Jocelyn Sargent, Brian Smedley, Rachel Godsil, William Trent, and Sally Leiderman.
November 11-15
San Diego, CA
The Education Law Association has issued a call for proposals for its 2014 conference, which will focus on resegregation in American schools. Proposals are due on March 1st. 


"Truly diverse schools are an educational imperative. Not just because they are a bulwark against racial and economic injustice. But also because they teach young people how to see and be seen in new ways. They are places that serve all students. And insofar as that is the case, all parents should be fighting for them."
by Jack Schneider on EduShyster


February 2014

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  • American Civil Liberties Union
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  • 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
  • Teaching Tolerance
  • Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College
  • University of North Carolina Center for Civil Rights
  • Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University
  • Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley
  • Education Law Center
  • Magnet Schools of America
  • Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity at UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity at the University of Minnesota Law School
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  • Sheff Movement coalition
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  • Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation
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