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Tools for Teachers: Strategies for Addressing Racial Dynamics in the Classroom
December 15th
12:00pm-1:00pm EST   

Rachel Godsil (Seton Hall University School of Law) and Linda Tropp (UMass Amherst) will discuss their new report from the Perception Institute (coauthored with john powell and Phillip Goff), focusing on findings related to implicit bias, racial anxiety, and stereotype threat in education. 
On Wednesday, October 22nd members of the New York City Council introduced a package of legislation, including two resolutions and one bill, aimed at increasing diversity in New York City schools.  One resolution calls on New York City's Department of Education (DOE) to recognize the importance of diversity in schools and articulate school diversity as a DOE priority.

The second resolution calls on the state government to alter the admissions criteria of New York City's specialized high schools, which currently admit students on the basis of a single test. In 2012, the NAACP-LDF filed a complaint alleging the New York City DOE and New York State DOE never conducted a study to determine whether the admissions test is a valid tool.  
The bill put forth by Council members proposes an amendment to the administrative code of New York City, requiring the DOE to track and report progress toward increasing diversity within the city's schools. The New York City Council Committee on Education is scheduled to address the proposed legislation on Thursday, December 11th.

If you are interested in learning more about and/or supporting NCSD's integration advocacy efforts in NYC, please feel free to contact David Tipson (re: general inquiries) or Rachel Kleinman (re: specialized high schools complaint).  
It's About Time: Learning Time and Educational Opportunity in California High Schools

A new report from UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access highlights disturbing disparities in learning time provided to students at high-poverty schools relative to their peers at more affluent schools. According to the report, a combination of many factors interrupt and erode learning time, ultimately robbing poor children of as much as 5 weeks of learning time annually.  Read related news story... 
  • Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Community Legal Aid Society filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) charging that Delaware's charter school law and policies have a discriminatory impact on students of color and students with disabilities, and have significantly contributed to the resegregation of Delaware's public schools. Read more...
  • The UNC Center for Civil Rights submitted a letter to OCR providing updated information about student assignment in Wake County Public Schools, and requesting that OCR publish findings related to an OCR investigation completed nearly one year ago.

The Making of Ferguson with Sherrilyn Ifill and Richard Rothstein
The Making of Ferguson
with Sherrilyn Ifill (NAACP-LDF) and Richard Rothstein (Economic Policy Institute)

Related: The Making of Ferguson: Public Policies at the Root of its Troubles by Richard Rothstein
Proposed Priorities, Requirements, Definitions, and Selection Criteria for Federal Charter School Grants

In mid-November, the Department of Education released new proposed regulations for the next round of Charter Schools Program grants.  The regulation contains significantly improved language regarding the importance of diversity, stating "[a] critical component of serving all students, including educationally disadvantaged students, is consideration of student body diversity, including racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity."  The regulation contains multiple selection criteria designed to "encourage the meaningful incorporation of diversity into charter school models and charter school practices."  Comments on the regulation are due on or before January 5, 2015.
Feb. 5-8, 2015
Salt Lake City, UT
National Title I Conference: Leading with Wonder 
National Title I Association
Feb. 26-27, 2015 Airway Heights, WA
11th Annual Globalization, Diversity and Education Conference: Co-Constructing Identities in Local and Global Spaces 
Washington State University College of Education
Feb. 26-Mar. 1, 2015 New York, NY 
Crossing Borders
Eastern Sociological Society

Mar. 21-23, 2015 Houston, TX

Challenging Convention: Leading Disruptive Innovations
70th ASCD Annual Conference
April 10-11, 2015
La Plume, PA

Inclusive Multicultural Education: Uniting for Political, Economic and Educational Empowerment 
National Association for Multicultural Education - Pennsylvania Chapter 


by Eve Fairbanks
New York TImes
October 17, 2014


"From 2010 to 2013, I spent time on a historically white South African college campus to write its post-apartheid history. As I worked, I discovered what appeared to me to be a peculiar paradox: As black students' access to the school had grown, so had their dissatisfaction with it." 


"How can it be that minority students seem unhappier when they have a larger presence within institutions that once excluded them?"


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"We claim to be clear on the values of diversity...the reality is we have a deeply segregated school system that doesn't deliver the benefits of diversity to most public school kids."

- Brad Lander, New York City Council Member

"What we are witnessing is a reflection of a systematic failure in our society that is revealed wherever we are willing to look-schools, health care, employment, housing, life expectancy, poverty, and the list goes on. The problem is persistent, cumulative, and deeply debilitating....Ferguson is emblematic of much larger problem. We must be willing to face and address this larger problem."

- john powell, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society  


December 2014

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  • 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
  • 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
  • New York Appleseed
  • Sheff Movement coalition
  • One Nation Indivisible
  • Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation
  • ERASE Racism
  • Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Empire Justice Center

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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c/o Poverty and Race Research Action Council (PRRAC)


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Phone: 202-544-5066 

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