SD News Roundup: Spotlight on New Jersey

There was major news out of New Jersey last week: Civil Rights groups filed a lawsuit against the state for laws that codify school segregation. This post is a very quick summary for those who are unfamiliar and then my attempt to put the lawsuit in the larger context of the struggle for racial justice…

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…

SD News Roundup: Wendy Vitter and sources of hope

There’s a lot going on in this crazy world, so in case you missed it: Wendy Vitter was nominated by the president for a federal court seat in the Eastern District of Louisiana. She was asked in her confirmation hearing about whether Brown was correctly decided, and she gave a troubling answer. Here she is…

Research Roundup, Feb 2018: More data on charters and school re-segregation

Two new studies came out last month that add to a growing body of literature suggesting that charter schools contribute to school resegregation. The first looks at the impact of school choice policies and zoning changes in New Castle County, Delaware. In case you are not aware, the school segregation story in DE is somewhat…

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…