National Coalition on School Diversity: Reaffirming the Role of School Integration in K-12 Education Policy


The National Coalition on School Diversity (NCSD) is pressing for a more significant commitment to racial and economic integration in U.S. Department of Education programs – in magnet schools, charter schools, through interdistrict transfers under No Child Left Behind, and in the new education funds Race to the Top and the Investing in Innovation Fund. Participating organizations in the coalition are listed below.

Coalition Research Briefs

Coalition Issue Briefs

Recent Advocacy on School Diversity

Recent Academic Research

Upcoming and Recent Conferences

Notices and Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education

Highlights from State and Local Campaigns

Recent Law Review Articles

  • Lia Epperson, “Legislating Inclusion,” 6 Harv. L. & Pol'y Rev. 91 (Winter 2012).

  • Elise C. Boddie, “The Way Forward: Racial Integration After Ricci, a Response to Michelle Adams,” 96 Iowa L. Rev. Bull. 100 (2011).

  • Derek Black, “The Congressional Failure to Enforce Equal Protection Through Elementary and Secondary Education Act,” 90 B.U. L. Rev. 313 (Feb. 2010).

  • Goodwin Lui, “Education, Equality, and National Citizenship,” 116 Yale L.J. 330 (Nov. 2006).

Other Resources on School Diversity

Participating organizations and individuals include (but are not limited to): the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, American Civil Liberties Union, Poverty & Race Research Action Council, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School, Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, Teaching Tolerance, Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, University of North Carolina Center for Civil Rights, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University, Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity at UC Berkeley School of Law, Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota, New York Appleseed, Sheff Movement Coalition, One Nation Indivisible, Professor Derek Black of Howard University School of Law, Professor Kevin Welner at the University of Colorado, Professor John C. Brittain at the University of the District of Columbia School of Law, Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation, ERASE Racism, The Empire Justice Center, The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, and others.
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Links to Selected Member Organizations


NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

American Civil Liberties Union

Poverty & Race Research Action Council

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School

Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA

University of North Carolina Center for Civil Rights

Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University

Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity at UC Berkeley School of Law

Education Law Center

Teaching Tolerance

Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota

Education Rights Center, Howard University School of Law

National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado

Campaign for Educational Equity, Teachers College, Columbia University

One Nation Indivisible

Sheff Movement Coalition

New York Appleseed

Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation

ERASE Racism

Empire Justice Center

Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

NCSD Research Advisory Panel (current members):

  • Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Northeastern University

  • Jomills Henry Braddock II, University of Miami

  • Casey Cobb, University of Connecticut

  • John Diamond, Harvard Graduate School of Education

  • Erica Frankenberg, Penn State University

  • Douglas Harris, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Jennifer Jellison Holme, University of Texas at Austin

  • Richard Kahlenberg, The Century Foundation

  • Jamie Lew, Rutgers University

  • Roslyn Mickelson, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

  • Pedro Noguera, New York University

  • sean reardon, Stanford University

  • William Trent, University of Illinois

  • Vanessa Siddle Walker, Emory University

  • Linda Tropp, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

  • Richard Valencia, The University of Texas at Austin

  • Amy Stuart Wells, Columbia University
Click here to learn more about our Research Advisory Panel.