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…

Separate Is (Still) Not Equal

Cross-posted from Integrated Schools A sad note to begin…  Linda Brown, the symbolic center of Brown v. Board of Education 1954 Supreme Court decision died yesterday at the age of 76. Brown’s death came only a few days after the Newsweek coverage of Charlotte NC announcing what we already know — that we are as segregated now as we…

SD News Roundup: School secession updates- the good, the bad and the ugly

There was big news in the school segregation world, and good news at that! In case you haven’t seen it: a federal appeals court blocked a majority white community (Gardendale, AL) from seceding from a majority black county (Jefferson County) and forming its own school district. The Gardendale secession has been a topic of earlier…

SD News Roundup: Integration & Immigration, Curriculum Resources, and resegregation in Iowa

There wasn’t an easy way to group all the stories in this roundup, so I have them in three mostly separate categories: white families and school integration, teacher and curriculum diversity, and well, Iowa. As always, I hope you find something useful. White families and school integration: In case you missed it, City Lab has…

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…

SD News Roundup: School district gerrymandering & a big desegregation lawsuit

This week, I have quick roundup that focuses on two big topics from the last week or so of school (de)segregation news: An extremely comprehensive Vox story about school district zoning and a potentially groundbreaking case in the Minnesota Supreme Court. There’s a lot about the Vox story that’s compelling- it includes demographic data from…

News Roundup, first of 2018: A civil rights victory and segrenomics in action

Happy New Year everyone! SD Notebook is back from a long holiday-and-work induced hiatus with the first news roundup of 2018. In addition to the (hopefully more frequent) roundups, I’m working on pieces about youth activism and school integration, and I’m planning to do semi-regular research roundups separate from the news ones. I hope you’ll…