School Integration in NYC (Part 1 of 2): New Research, Changing Perspectives

Thursday, May 5, 2016 -
9:30am to 11:30am EDT
Philanthropy New York, 1500 Broadway, 7th Floor, NYC
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This program is the first part of a two-part session, the second of which focuses on promising practices and approaches to school integration (Fall 2016).

A study released in 2014 by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA found that New York State’s schools are the most segregated schools in the country, more segregated than they were a decade ago. Between 1989 and 2010, the percentage of schools in the New York City metropolitan region that are majority-minority (meaning the student body is more than 50% minority students) increased from fewer than 50% to two-thirds, and schools that are 90% to 100% minority increased by 70% over this same time period. Recent data shows that majority-minority schools also have a higher percentage of low-income students.

At the same time, there is a growing body of research that demonstrates the important educational benefits of integration for all students who learn with and from peers from across background, culture, race and class. More diverse schools are better able to prepare students for higher education and the workplace.

The key goal of this panel is to help funders understand the complex challenges of creating and supporting diversity and integration within NYC schools. Our panel of experts will help us explore the issue of racial and socioeconomic segregation in New York City elementary and middle schools. Public attention to this issue has increased dramatically in just the last few months, and the issues are central to a thriving New York City.

  • The challenges to addressing the issues of integration and segregation nationally and locally
  • Possible strategies to address the issues in New York City
  • Academic, City and DOE perspectives on the issues
  • Roles for private funders in supporting this vital work


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All interested funders, especially in education.


9:15 - 9:30 AM  Check-in
9:30 - 11:30 AM  Program
Registration is required by May 4.
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