school integration

C. M. Rubin is the author of two widely read online series for which she received a 2011 Upton Sinclair award, "The Global
Our public schools are more segregated today than they were 40 years ago when integration was an explicit policy goal. The
Families with children and the schools they choose could be one of the factors driving inequality.
"The question is how do we shift direction, how do we seize the moment?"
Can other districts follow suit?
"What if that police officer had gone to a more racially diverse school ... How might some of those incidents played out differently?"
Are U.S. schools growing more segregated? It depends on who you ask.
Federal, state and local policymakers of all races across the US are clamoring to integrate schools in order to achieve socioeconomic diversity -- not only as a matter of social justice and constitutional compliance, but also on the grounds that socioeconomic diversity and academic excellence go hand-in-hand.
One October morning in 2012, my cell phone rang. It was John Heyburn. In his genial, straightforward manner, he asked, "Can you meet me for lunch in ten minutes at Austin's?"
The rhetoric has shifted from condemning the soft bigotry of low expectations and leaving no child behind to declaring that education reform is the civil rights issue of our time and initiating competitions to race to the top.
UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. -- A representative from the New York State Education Department called the findings troubling but unsurprising