New Research: Student reflections on selective entry high schools

Though it might go unnoticed in the hailstorm of coronavirus, election, etc news, the pandemic has caused cities to reconsider a bastion of racial segregation: gated entry for so-called “elite” public K-12 schools.  Boston, for example, has three “exam” (or, I prefer, “restrictive enrollment”) schools, which determine entry based on student GPA and scores on…

Erika Wilson on Monopolizing Whiteness

What if the equal protection clause wasn’t the primary basis for school integration lawsuits? This week’s guest author – Erika Wilson, a Law Professor at the University of North Carolina – looks at perhaps unintended consequences of our long reliance on equal protection arguments. In a forthcoming paper, she presents an alternative that speaks to…

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…

School integration 65 years after Brown

This is the first part of a two-part series on the Brown@65 conference, hosted by Penn State’s Center for Education and Civil Rights & Africana Research Center. Part two covers the conference keynote from Nikole Hannah-Jones, and it is available here. Today – 65 years after the Brown decision – the school integration movement is…

Voluntary Integration: The known and (fairly vast) unknown

A few weeks ago, the Learning Policy Institute released a new report on the federal role in school integration. It makes two very important points about the current state of school integration: Re-segregation has accelerated rapidly after districts across the country have been let out from under court desegregation orders (see below), and There’s a…

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…

SD News Roundup: Focus on Pittsburgh

It’s been a little while since I wrote my last news roundup – I took some time off for summer, got a new job, etc, and, during that time, I was collecting stories about school diversity. There were a lot. I wrote about two big stories recently, comparing approaches to talking about race and school…

How to talk (and not talk) about race and school segregation

There have been two big stories published about school segregation recently. If you haven’t read them already, I highly recommend checking both out. But, then come back here! The first that I’ll talk about is the New York Times/ProPublica investigation into racial disparities in the Charlottesville, VA public schools. I’ll then compare that to the…