This series addresses the issue of racial and economic segregation in the New York City system – the third most segregated school district in the country according to the New York Times. This series summarizes research and advocacy findings conducted by New York Appleseed and the global law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. From 2011 to the present, while actively engaged in advocacy with community partners, we have separately interviewed scores of experts in New York City and around the country – academics, parents, advocates, principals, teachers,
Our series of briefings advances a simple proposition: meaningful school diversity is possible and necessary in large areas of the city comprising multiple community school districts and hundreds of thousands of students. Our belief that school diversity is within our reach both logistically and politically derives from over 50 interviews conducted with experts across the
city and also from successful advocacy conducted with parent groups.
Read our policy briefing about the mechanisms through which our elementary schools are segregated by race and class.
Read our briefing on intra-school segregation in elementary schools and how schools can harness the power of racial and economic diversity in the classroom and beyond.
Read our briefing on how the system of high school choice can lead to racial and economic segregation.