A Plan to Integrate Our Middle Schools

A Plan to Integrate Our Middle Schools

For the past five years, inspired by a growing coalition of advocates and students, I have been pushing the NYC Department of Education to take stronger action to confront school segregation -- both citywide, and right here in District 15.

A few weeks ago, the DOE announced that District 15 will be one of the first school districts with the chance to take responsibility to integrate our schools (District 1 on the Lower East Side/Chinatown was the first; you can read about their plan here). For the remainder of the 2017-2018 school year, the DOE will work alongside the community to develop a District 15 middle school “diversity plan” by the end of the school year.  

The public process kicks off tomorrow night. A reminder to join us tomorrow for the first public workshop, part of the NYC Department of Education’s Equity & Excellence for All: Diversity in New York City Public Schools,” a plan for community engagement in fostering school diversity.

We now have a real opportunity to develop and implement concrete steps to reduce school segregation and develop high-quality, integrated learning environments in all our middle schools. This will require hard, honest conversations across lines of difference, about race and inequality and education, about how we got here, what we want, and what we are willing to do.

D15 Middle School Diversity Plan
Public Workshop #1 - Introduction
February 13, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm
Sunset Park High School
153 35th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232
Register here

The work will be led by a diverse set of D15 community stakeholders in a working group, and staffed by the planning firm WXY Studio, to guide the planning process and to help ensure inclusivity and accessibility. The working group includes District 15 school leaders and staff, CBO representatives, parents and a DOE central staff member. They will meet throughout the school year, and lead four public workshops and a series of listening tours at District 15 schools. With the support of the DOE and WXY, the working group will be responsible for developing and presenting a middle school diversity plan, with input from the broader community, by the end of this school year.

You can also stay in the loop about the D15 diversity plan process here: http://www.d15diversityplan.com/.  If you have questions or comments for my office regarding school integration, please reach out to Vicki Sell at vsell [at] council [dot] nyc [dot] gov or 718-499-1090.

I really hope you will join the conversation. See you tomorrow.


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