#PoliceFreeSchools in Springfield, MA

In Boston, school policing understandably gets a lot of attention- students, for example, have been deported for fabricated offenses and the district’s relationship with ICE is still unclear. Though it gets less attention, things are also bad in Springfield, where the struggling district pays over $1 million for armed school resource officers to patrol highly…

Upcoming events for the 65th anniversary of Brown

May 17th will mark 65 years since the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Brown vs. Board of Education. It’s a key moment in the year for the school integration movement, a time to reflect (often on the pace of resegregation or the unfulfilled promises of Brown) and a time that many groups use for conversation…

Intro to School Integration: Top-12 Resources, Part 2

Last week, we published the first half of a top-12 list of resources for folks who are interested in learning more about school integration. We started with pieces that offer a broad introduction to school integration/diversity. This post presents the second half of the list – the pieces here were chosen as entry points into…

SD News Roundup: Best of the fall

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, it’s been a while since I’ve done a news roundup; so, there was a lot to talk about. To keep things manageable, I broke it up into three posts – the first looked at coverage of school segregation in Charlottesville and San Antonio (specifically analyze how media talks about or…

Past is present: Community organizing and school integration

The SD Notebook is back today, the 64th anniversary of the Brown decision, after a short hiatus to wrap up the semester and submit final grades. Especially because many others will attempt (better than I can) more comprehensive summaries of the state of school (re)segregation on the anniversary, I try to use my blog posts…

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: 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…