Reducing School Segregation, Seeking the Educational Benefits of Diversity for All Children
Nowhere is New York City’s geography of unequal opportunity more pronounced than in its public school system. New York City has one of the most segregated school systems in the nation, and where a child lives largely determines her level of access to educational resources in elementary and middle schools.
An overwhelming body of research makes it clear that the most reliable and cost-effective strategy for expanding access to educational opportunity in the 21st century is racial and socioeconomic integration. Just as importantly, research demonstrates that parents in New York City want diverse schools to prepare their children for an increasingly diverse nation and workforce. New York Appleseed and its partners are working with students, parents, and communities to lay out positive steps for reducing segregation in New York City’s community school districts.
Policy Advocacy and Research
In partnership with Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe, New York Appleseed has advanced the cause of school diversity over the last five years with its groundbreaking initiatives:
- Within Our Reach series of policy briefings
- New York Appleseed Statement on Set-Aside Admissions Plans for Individual Schools
- The PS 133 Student-Assignment Plan
- The 2015 School Diversity Pilot Program and its 2016 expansion to all public schools in the city
- The New York State Socioeconomic Integration Pilot Program
- The School Diversity Accountability Act
- Research on resource disparities among New York City’s segregated schools
- Preserving access to high-opportunity neighborhoods
In addition to the Within Our Reach briefings, this page contains other resources of interest to communities and policy makers:
- Interactive mapping of changing school demographics across the city
- Fact sheet on the benefits of diversity in schools
- Link to the New York Times article finding New York City the third most segregated school district in the nation
- Link to the UCLA Civil Right’s Project report on segregation in New York State
- Link to charts from the IBO charting school-segregation levels between 2001 and 2010
New York Appleseed is a member of the National Coalition on School Diversity, which has excellent research briefs on key topics in the field of school integration.
Community Outreach and Engagement
New York Appleseed is committed to working closely with a range of community members and organizations to uplift the voices of those most directly effected by educational segregation. To that end, we are proud to partner with organizations representing students, parent leaders, and other community partners.
News & Notes
On our News & Notes blog we keep you up-to-date on the latest developments in our work.
New York Appleseed today advocates for integrated schools and communities. Earlier in its history, the New York office of Appleseed made significant contributions in a number of other fields including access to the New York State Earned Income Tax Credit, consumer debt, health care, and others areas.