Student Protests: Then and Now

From my small corner of the internet, I wanted to add something to the discussion of student protests, especially as it relates to school integration. So, here’s a short post that uses a perhaps obscure history to echo what others have said about Parkland students: keep on kicking ass- America is made better by your…

SD News Roundup: School secession updates- the good, the bad and the ugly

There was big news in the school segregation world, and good news at that! In case you haven’t seen it: a federal appeals court blocked a majority white community (Gardendale, AL) from seceding from a majority black county (Jefferson County) and forming its own school district. The Gardendale secession has been a topic of earlier…

SD News Roundup: Integration & Immigration, Curriculum Resources, and resegregation in Iowa

There wasn’t an easy way to group all the stories in this roundup, so I have them in three mostly separate categories: white families and school integration, teacher and curriculum diversity, and well, Iowa. As always, I hope you find something useful. White families and school integration: In case you missed it, City Lab has…

Research Roundup, Jan 2018: Social Justice Philanthropy and Funding Inequity

New to the SD notebook in 2018, I am planning to do research roundups every month or so. This is the first one of 2018, and it includes two reports that take very different ways of looking at the relationship between money/funding and school segregation. The first report is from the Sillerman Center at Brandeis…

SD News Roundup: Community organizing in Denver, two new books and some good news

The roundup this week covers a few (maybe) under-the-radar type stories, some of which have promising implications for the school integration movement. The first is a story about what appears (to me, at least) to be a relatively new community organizing group in the Denver area. Park Hill Neighbors for Equity in Education (here’s their…

SD News Roundup: School district gerrymandering & a big desegregation lawsuit

This week, I have quick roundup that focuses on two big topics from the last week or so of school (de)segregation news: An extremely comprehensive Vox story about school district zoning and a potentially groundbreaking case in the Minnesota Supreme Court. There’s a lot about the Vox story that’s compelling- it includes demographic data from…

News Roundup, first of 2018: A civil rights victory and segrenomics in action

Happy New Year everyone! SD Notebook is back from a long holiday-and-work induced hiatus with the first news roundup of 2018. In addition to the (hopefully more frequent) roundups, I’m working on pieces about youth activism and school integration, and I’m planning to do semi-regular research roundups separate from the news ones. I hope you’ll…