New York City has the most segregated school system in the nation. As policymakers, school officials, parents, and advocates engage in a growing dialogue about the value integrated classrooms can provide, charter schools face distinct challenges as they implement strategies to diversify their schools. The Charter Center has examined the methods individual schools have used to affect change and the steps elected officials and policymakers can take to support these efforts.
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“Because they are not tied to a zone, and don’t “belong” to any one neighborhood, charter schools can play a key role in moving to desegregate our school system as a whole. We now have a number of charter schools that are doing just that.” – James Merriman, CEO, New York City Charter School Center
Press Release, November 2, 2015
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As the last school year was ending, Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced the city’s long-awaited plan to increase diversity and combat segregation in its public schools. It’s now three months later; students are back in school. Yet little progress has been made in implementing the Education Department’s much-needed plan.Why Are Charter Schools Missing from New York City’s School Diversity Plan?
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Former Success Academy lawyer Emily Kim says integration will be a “key” aspect in the design of the charter chain she is aiming to launch. Kim recently left New York City’s largest network of charter schools to start her own — and given her close ties to Success, Kim’s schools are likely to be closely watched.Sahm: NYC Charters Are Leading the Way on School Integration
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“School integration has been a driving focus of my work for many years, and it’s time for panels like this to become the ‘new normal,’” said Jon Rosenberg, CEO of Hebrew Charter School Center.