Countering the harmful effects of racial and economic segregation and maintaining diversity in schools in gentrifying neighborhoods have become urgent matters. Across the city, groups of parents (and even students) have organized around the issue, sometimes with support from elected officials and nonprofit organizations. As the voice of all parents in the school community, PA/PTAs must be mindful of the diversity within their schools and find ways to include and be responsive to the interests and needs of all families. The resources below might be helpful to your PA/PTA in this area.
National Coalition on School Diversity
The National Coalition on School Diversity (NCSD) is a network of national civil rights organizations, university-based research centers, and state and local coalitions working to expand support for government policies that promote school diversity and reduce racial and economic isolation in elementary and secondary schools. It also supports the work of state and local school diversity practitioners.
NYU's Metro Center
The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools (Metro Center) supports efforts to integrate public schools in New York City by convening educators and advocates, providing technical assistance and research, and assisting with the development plans to support citywide integration efforts.
The Alliance for School Integration and Desegregation (ASID)
ASID is a collaboration between New York Appleseed and the NYU Metro Center. It is comprised of stakeholders from all across the city, focused on the integration and desegregation of NYC schools. ASID represents students, parents, teachers, principals, district-leaders, and other partner organizations and academic institutions.
New York Appleseed
New York Appleseed, Inc. advocates for equity of access and fair allocation of resources to schools and neighborhoods in New York City and its greater metropolitan area. In collaboration with volunteer lawyers, parent groups, demographers, real estate professionals, government officials and community advocates, the organization develops practical solutions and advocates for implementation of solutions to segregated schools and its attendant issues.
IntegrateNYC4me is a student-organizing initiative with opportunities for students, parents, and teachers to become involved in countering the harmful effects of segregation. In some cases, IntegrateNYC4me runs school-based programs.
DOE's Diversity Page
Read about the DOE's Diversity Plan, School Diversity Advisory Groups, pilots, and events.