Strength in Diversity Passes in House on 9/15

In a historic bipartisan vote on Sept 15, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Strength in Diversity Act with over 100 co-sponsors. The proposed legislation, one of NCSD’s two main policy priorities during this Congress, would provide support and funding for voluntary, locally-driven efforts to further racial and socioeconomic integration in schools.

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NCSD in the News: Education Week Covers Passage of Strength in Diversity in House

House Passes Signature Bills on School Integration and Discrimination
by Andrew Ujifusa
September 15, 2020 (updated September 16, 2020)
Education Week

“Groups like AASA, the School Superintendents Association, the American Federation of Teachers, and the National Coalition on School Diversity have backed the bill. This past summer, we spoke to the author of the Senate version, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., about why protests against racial injustice underscored the importance of the Strength in Diversity Act.”

Press Release: NCSD-Endorsed Strength in Diversity Act Passes in Historic U.S. House Vote

CONTACT: Michael Mouton
Communications & Partnerships Manager – NCSD

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2639, the Strength in Diversity Act with over 100 co-sponsors. The Strength in Diversity Act was introduced by Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (OH-11) in the House and by Senator Chris Murphy (CT) in the Senate as S.1418.

Read the full press release.



RAP Members in the News: NBC describes "The American dream while Black"

The American dream while Black: ‘We took our foot off the gas pedal’
by Erin Einhorn and Nigel Chiwaya
Aug. 31, 2020
NBC News

“The consequences of that resegregation have been painful, said Rucker Johnson, an economist and public policy professor at the University of California, Berkeley. ‘We must think of racism as an infectious disease and silence leaves the disease untreated,’ said Johnson, the author of ‘Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works.’ When communities resegregated schools, he said, they halted progress in bridging academic and economic gaps that had long existed between Blacks and whites.” 

“‘Despite those challenges, [Erica] Frankenberg said, it was a start. ‘We brought kids and teachers of different races together in the same building, which particularly in the South had not been done before, and the significance of that undertaking alone cannot be understated.’ ‘But then,’ Frankenberg added, we took our foot off the gas pedal for desegregation.’”

NCSD Member Myron Orfield is also quoted.

Using CARES Act Flexibility to Address Systemic Inequity and Integration

In NCSD’s latest publication, Jessica Mugler and Philip Tegeler of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council advance the idea of Using CARES Act Flexibility to Address Systemic Educational Inequality and Bring Students Together.

NCSD2020 Keynote Available Online

If you missed our #NCSD2020 keynote conversation, featuring Vanessa Siddle Walker and Elizabeth McRae and facilitated by Dani McClain, you can access it on YouTube.

The keynote conversation took place live on May 14th at 2:00pm.

This session was designed as a tribute to the late Courtney Mykytyn (founder and executive director of Integrated Schools, and NCSD steering committee member). Courtney was tragically killed in an automobile accident in December 2019. As such, author and entrepreneur Courtney E. Martin and Integrated Schools podcast host Andrew Lefkowits offered brief reflections prior to and following the keynote presentation.

The keynote presentation will weave together information and concepts from the following books:

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Note: A small portion of the proceeds from book sales via IndieBound (using links above) will help support the work of Integrated Schools, in memory of Courtney Everts Mykytyn. 

Learn more about the speakers at

Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force Calls for Greater Efforts to Ensure Educational Equity

The Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force included language in their recommendations calling for a redoubling of efforts to further educational equity during a Biden administration:

“It is unacceptable that America’s public schools are more racially segregated today than they were when Brown v. Board of Education was decided 66 years ago. Democrats support appointing judges who will enforce the Civil Rights Act in schools and will fund magnet schools and school transportation initiatives to help facilitate improved integration. We will also reinvigorate and increase funding for the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights and improve federal data collection on racial segregation in schools. Schools should be safe zones for children and their families, which is why Democrats will protect sensitive locations like schools from immigration enforcement actions and will ensure English language learners receive the support they need to succeed.”


Twitter Chat (7/28/20 at 6pm ET)

We’re excited to be hosting another Twitter chat with @integratedschls and @LearnTLiveT on 7/28 at 6pm EDT regarding the legacy of the Supreme Court’s Milliken v. Bradley decision (which turns 46 years old this Saturday, July 25).

Join the conversation at #ThurgoodWasRight.

For more information email

Policy Brief: Model State School Integration Policies

As educators across the country make a valiant effort to meet the needs of their students in response to the coronavirus crisis, the educational impacts of disparities in family resources and school funding are apparent. The crisis also reminds us of the many roles that schools play beyond academics. When students eventually return to school, will we merely continue our current policies, or might we make some progress in developing a fairer public school system, including, potentially, a more integrated one? Our movement’s leading thinkers are pushing us to face this question squarely (more on that here).

State governments are in the best position to reverse the tide of increasing racial and socioeconomic segregation in our public schools if the political will is present. The federal government, through the Every Student Succeeds Act (“ESSA”), provides significant compensatory funding for lower-income schools in Title I. Related sections of ESSA can also provide funding incentives for school integration, as could Congress. But for the past few decades, Congress has been reluctant to impose any real accountability for integration on state and local governments. This leaves a very large policy vacuum for state governments to fill.

Our model state school integration policies represent small but meaningful steps that state legislatures can take to begin to bring students and communities back together. These policies would begin to provide greater flexibility and support for districts that understand the value of racial and socioeconomic integration, and greater accountability for segregation both within and across districts. They propose funding for a variety of voluntary integration efforts, put stronger limits on school district secession, require assessments of the segregation impacts of significant capital investments, and institute systems of measurement for school segregation-something only a handful of states currently require.

As we wait to reboot “live” K-12 education, we urge state policymakers to put education policies in place that embody the lessons the COVID-19 crisis implores us to confront- we are interdependent and our fates interconnected, but we still have a lot of work to do to actualize a just, inclusive society.

Check out this piece from the School Diversity Notebook summarizing the policy brief.

COVID-19 Resources

Member Pages

NYU Metro Center, Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Remote Learning

IntegrateNYC, COVID-19 Resources Page

The Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA), Learning Goes On – A COVID-19 Resource for Education (2020)

Learning Policy Institute, Learning in the Time of COVID-19 blog series (2020)


Resources and Links

Halley Potter and Joshua Starr, Analysis: Plans to Catch Students Up After School Shutdowns Risk Creating New Forms of Academic Tracking. This Will Do Them Even More Harm, The 74 (June 17, 2020)

Linda Darling-Hammond, A New “New Deal” For Education: Top 10 Policy Moves For States In The COVID 2.0 Era, Forbes (May 19, 2020)

Peter Piazza, Brown at 66: Looking past COVID with Milton Galamison, School Diversity Notebook (May 18, 2020)

Integrated Schools Podcast: COVID-19: Matt Gonzales on Equity (May 13, 2020)

Elizabeth Horton Sheff, Martha Stone, Dennis D. Parker, and Deuel Ross, The Coronavirus Crisis is Showing us How Regional Approaches Work; It’s Time to Apply Those Lessons to Urban Schools, Hartford Courant (May 11, 2020)

NYU Metro Center, Statement on Covid-19 – Slow Down to Move Forward  (May 2020)

NYC Advocates on Grading, Grading for Equity Letter  (Apr. 24, 2020)

Courtney E. Martin, The Lessons We Should Really Be Teaching Kids in the Pandemic, Vox (Apr. 22, 2020)

Integrated Schools, On COVID & Integration (Apr. 21, 2020)

Garrett Bucks, Are We Really “In This Together?“, The White Pages (Apr. 17, 2020)

powell, john, Opinion: Coronavirus is Not the ‘Great Equalizer’ Many Say It Is, East Bay Times (Apr. 16, 2020)

Acevedo-Garcia, Dolores, Neighborhood Inequities and COVID-19, (Apr. 14, 2020)

Rothstein, Richard, The Coronavirus Will Explode Achievement Gaps in Education  Shelterforce (Apr. 13, 2020)

Garrett Bucks, When This is All Said and Done, We Can Have the Society of our Dreams or We Can Protect Whiteness, The White Pages (Apr. 7, 2020)

Conor P. Williams, How ‘Social Distancing’ Is Changing the Way We View Schools, Education Post (Apr. 1, 2020)

Integrated Schools (podcast), COVID-19: Teacher Check-in and COVID-19: Finding Community in Isolation

Kelly Bare, Seeing 2020: After COVID-19, let’s not go back to “normal”, Medium  (Mar. 23, 2020)

Garrett Bucks, What I Hope My (White, Economically Secure) Kids are Learning Right Now, The White Pages (Mar. 25, 2020)