Education news. In context.
Are Children Learning
Future of Schools
Future of Teaching
Future of Work
In the Classroom
Movers and Shakers
Sorting the Students
The Other 60 Percent
Who Is in Charge
Find a Job
Republish Our Stories
Code of Ethics
Work with Us
December 26, 2017
New York City students share why they’re fighting for school integration
New York City schools are among the most segregated in the country, and students are playing a growing role in the budding movement to do something about that.
December 6, 2017
New York City must move faster to combat school segregation, lawmakers say
Ahead of a city council hearing Thursday where lawmakers are set to grill the de Blasio administration on its plan…
By the numbers
December 5, 2017
New York City expands integration program, adding the prestigious Bard high school in Queens
The program affects a tiny fraction of city students. But it has been one of the most tangible steps taken by the de Blasio administration toward addressing segregation.
November 29, 2017
In a district aiming for integration, can New York City sway parents’ school choices?
New York City officials are hoping that an unused corner of a Lower East Side elementary school will help achieve what has long eluded this…
November 14, 2017
In a growing push to promote school integration, New York announces new round of grants
The state will award up to 30 districts with the new grants, whose purpose has expanded beyond just economic integration.
November 9, 2017
Parents at a selective middle school fear an influx of ‘unscreened’ students
A proposal to close a struggling middle school could have ripple effects on its neighbor: A diverse, high-performing school in the same building.
May 30, 2017
City Councilmen Brad Lander and Ritchie Torres sign on to letter calling for citywide plan to desegregate schools
The city is expected to release a "bigger vision" plan by June to encourage school diversity.
February 3, 2017
Week in review: Chaos — and new ideas — follow news of threatened school closings
The week’s biggest developments in Detroit education.
November 29, 2016
Desegregation as a human right: New York City Councilman proposes ‘Office of School Diversity’
The bill would create an Office of School Diversity aimed at tackling deep segregation in the nation’s largest school system.
how we got here
July 14, 2016
First Person: My local school didn’t teach my son the way I hoped it would. To tackle segregation, we need to talk about that, too
A New York City teacher explains how differences in teaching styles help drive school segregation — and tells her own story of choosing a school for her son.
another point of view
June 27, 2016
Parents who support controversial Upper West Side school move: ‘We welcome the idea of rezoning’
Chalkbeat recently reported on the coordinated campaign mounted by some parents to block the plan. But not all P.S. 452 parents are in their camp.
sorting the students
June 10, 2016
Upper West Side superintendent floats integration plan to reduce the class divide among middle schools
The idea for is for every middle school to enroll at least 30 percent low-income students, in a district where some enroll 10 percent and others nearly 100 percent.
sorting the students
June 10, 2016
A diverse Brooklyn charter school has a new mission: to make sure its toughest classwork is done by a diverse group, too
Brooklyn Prospect is part of a growing national movement aimed at creating a new paradigm: racially and socio-economically integrated charter schools.
June 9, 2016
It’s not about quotas: The real story behind how two Brooklyn schools have begun to diversify
If we care about making sure New York City’s students attend schools that reflect the city’s diversity, it is important to understand how new programs are working.
Aye for Innovation
May 26, 2016
New York City, and its teachers union, now encouraging schools to bend its rules to reduce segregation
Seven schools were given the OK last fall to set aside seats for high-needs students, and the city will soon allow more schools to apply to make similar changes.
behind the scenes
March 15, 2016
Why some principals say screening students can actually help schools hang onto diversity
The redesigned Dock Street School for STEAM Studies is hoping to follow the lead of a handful of progressive-minded principals.
February 25, 2016
Schools with mainly black and Latino students have less-qualified teachers, report says
Resource disparities continue to exist between schools that serve mainly black and Latino students and those that enroll majority white student populations.
sorting the students
February 24, 2016
Fariña to parents: We need ‘organic’ plans, not mandates, to diversify schools
Fariña was not asked to address the specifics of any proposals to change enrollment policy in District 1. But her comments were still a welcome change to some.
February 12, 2016
Exclusive: Two years in, Carmen Fariña’s philosophy on improving NYC schools is clearer than ever
"That’s the sort of thing I feel is crucial: professional development, across the city, where all teachers are treated equitably."
February 11, 2016
Schools could bend rules through PROSE to boost diversity, officials suggest
Several schools are now eyeing the city’s PROSE program as a way to change their admissions rules, and the city says it will consider their ideas.
to do list
February 10, 2016
Searching for answers to segregation, Fariña enlists top deputy and solicits local ideas
In an exclusive interview, Chancellor Carmen Fariña explained that she's open to policy changes to promote diversity, but also searching for community-created plans.
By the numbers
January 15, 2016
Do any schools’ populations mirror the city average? Just two.
It's not quite Powerball odds, but it's pretty rare for a school's demographics to line up perfectly with the city average.
December 23, 2015
School segregation debates grabbed New York headlines in 2015. Now what?
Four questions facing New York City and those pushing to better integrate its schools in 2016.
letter to the editor
December 21, 2015
Letter to the editor: City needs systemwide solutions for school diversity
If we want to dismantle school segregation, we have to broaden the discussion away from individual choices to changes that city must make, Mishi Faruqee writes.
November 6, 2015
De Blasio: City must respect families’ investments amid school diversity debates
“You have to also respect families who have made a decision to live in a certain area oftentimes because of a specific school,” Mayor de Blasio said.
November 3, 2015
De Blasio official touts school choice as a solution to segregation, echoing Bloomberg
Critics who consider the idea of a high-performing but highly segregated school system unrealistic have grown increasingly wary of the overlap.
The Wait Continues
September 8, 2015
Fariña says city is still reviewing schools’ diversity plans, with quick changes unlikely
The school chief expressed concerns about the plans, but said there are other ways to promote diversity besides enrollment policies.
September 1, 2015
Nearly a year after NYC principals float diversity plans, city has yet to sign off
A group of principals wants to promote diversity through admissions changes, but the de Blasio administration has not approved their requests.
January 8, 2015
Federal guidelines updated for teaching English language learners
Districts and states must identify English language learners in a timely and reliable manner and ensure that they receive the same quality education as students speaking English as a first language.
June 9, 2014
Rise & Shine: Promise Scholarship could increase Shelby County college attendance by 20 percent and more education news
June 6, 2014
Brooklyn parent leaders look for political support on school diversity
Frustrated by statistics that show decreasing diversity in their district’s schools, a group of parents in Brooklyn are calling on the city to prioritize school diversity.
In your inbox.