Suburban Segregation: A tale of two rezonings

I’m excited to feature a post from Dian Mawene, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who recently published new research about a school rezoning effort in a diversifying Wisconsin suburb. Coauthored with Aydin Bal, the piece explores overlapping forms of segregation at the neighborhood, school district and school levels, all of which is…

Segregation, protest & a window for change: Model legislation from NCSD

A few weeks before Minneapolis police killed George Floyd, the National Coalition on School Diversity (NCSD) published a list of model state school integration policies. It was important then, but it takes on added significance in light of the protests that have followed Floyd’s murder, the heightened attention to racial justice and segregation, and repeated…

New Project & Data Request: Attendance zone boundary changes

A new project out of Penn State University – co-led by Erica Frankenberg (professor of education and director of the Center for Education and Civil Rights, home of this blog) and Chris Fowler (professor of geography) – aims to collect longitudinal data on school attendance zone boundaries from school districts across the country. The researchers…

SD Research Summary: Racial disparities in school discipline

I’m excited to feature a new collaborating author on the SD Notebook – Jeremy Anderson is a Ph.D. candidate at Penn State and a colleague on the voluntary integration research team led by Erica Frankenberg. Racial disparity in school discipline is a national problem that is especially troubling when it comes to exclusionary school discipline…

Preschool Segregation, part 2: “Segregation at an Early Age” 2019 update

I’m thrilled to announce the release of “Segregation at an Early Age – the 2019 Update,” co-written with Erica Frankenberg and published by Penn State’s Center for Education and Civil Rights. In part 1 of this post, I summarized three very recent studies of preschool segregation, part of a flurry of activity on this topic.…

SD Research Roundup: Secession, voluntary integration and school spending, part 2

Recent research has examined contemporary school segregation in a variety of forms, including segregation of students in early childhood education, the relationship between school segregation and residential segregation, and segregation that clusters low-income students in under-resourced schools. In part 1 of this post, I linked to a few of these studies before focusing in more…

SD Research Roundup: Secession, voluntary integration and school spending, part 1

In just the past few months, there’s been a number of new studies looking at various aspects of contemporary school segregation. Before I dive into the articles featured in this post, here’s just a few examples of segregation-related research from September and October:   The Urban Institute found that segregation in early childhood education is worse…

SD News Roundup: Kamala Harris, Joe Biden & “busing” – Part 2

It seems like a good time to update my previous post about media coverage of the exchange between Kamala Harris and Joe Biden about school integration/“busing” at the Democratic Primary debate earlier this month. The incredible pace of activity on this has slowed just in time for us to take stock before the next set…

SD News Roundup: Kamala Harris, Joe Biden & “busing”- Part 1

Note: This is the first of a 2-part series. Part 2 can be found here. The school integration community received a jolt last week when “busing” and voluntary school integration unexpectedly took center stage at the Democratic primary. I’m sure that readers of this blog are familiar with the exchange between Kamala Harris and Joe…