SD Research Review: Secession in Memphis-Shelby County & the meaning of “local control”

This post is about a great piece of recent research on school resegregation. I want to talk about the content of the article itself as well as the value, more generally, of research that relies on interviews and media analysis to understand the current moment that we’re experiencing with race and schooling. I think this…

SD News Roundup: #HB514 and Re-Segregation in North Carolina

Last week, I wrote about a promising school integration lawsuit in New Jersey. This week, the news is not as good: On Wednesday, North Carolina passed a law – #HB514 – that will allow 4 majority white suburbs of Charlotte to secede from the countywide Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system. Although secession efforts have been common across…

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…

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…

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…