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Universal Free Meals in NYC Schools

A recent study by Emily Gutierrez finds that several important benefits to students result from the Universal Free Meals (UFM) program in NYC schools.

Supporting Success in 2021-22: Education, Disability, and Equity Pt. 2

Part 2 explores how schools could be spaces for liberation, resistance, and joy.

Supporting Success in 2021-22: Education, Disability, and Equity Pt. 1

Part 1 of this 3-part series introduces key terms, concepts, and the 2021 context as it relates to education, disability, and equity.

More from 2021

Under-Prepared for Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Education: Teachers Entering New York City's Classrooms

Meaningful CRSE implementation requires educators to engage skills such as cultural competence and the ability to center joy alongside critical conversations about society and institutions.

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Delta isn’t the Only Problem Schools Face this Fall

Instead of accelerated learning, what schools need is a focus on accelerated care, to slow things down to move things forward with an emphasis on the emotional and mental health needs of students.

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Vulnerable Schools and COVID-19

We compared the NYC Health Department’s COVID-19 Neighborhood Data with the key findings from our Demography/Destiny study to analyze the relationship between students’ college readiness rates, the racial/ethnic composition of students’ home neighborhoods, and neighborhood indicators of the severity of COVID-19 diagnosis and death rates.

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Improving Racial Diversity in the NYC K-12 Teacher Workforce: What Can the Mayor Do?

The most promising proposals to increase teacher diversity involve addressing barriers to entry for candidates of color and the systemic issues which drive high rates of turnover for teachers of color.

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Recap: NYU Metro Community Conversation, CRT Pt. I

On August 4, 2021, NYU Metro Center held space for a community conversations, to fully understand how race and racism impacts us all.

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Opportunity to Learn

Monitoring Educational Equity is so important because it’s the first time a respected national entity has called for efforts to pair the measurement of student outcomes with an assessment of the quality of learning schools and districts provide to students of differing race, class, gender, disability and language ability.

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Redefining Infrastructure: Schools in a Care Economy

What is infrastructure and how should it be defined politically? This question is central to current debates about what infrastructure consists of and how it should be funded.

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“I Felt Like I Never Fit in”: Increasing College Access and Persistence

In the past five decades the costs of college-going have skyrocketed, and student college-incurred debt has increased exponentially. Has the transition to college eased for first-generation students like Monica and our high school’s students of color?

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Community Conversation

On May 6, 2020, NYU Metro Center welcomed a conversation on dis/ability justice that recognized the importance of race and power and acknowledged that the social constructions of both as products of white supremacy.

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Historic Steps towards Funding Equity for NYC’s students

This July, New York City will receive an initial $1.4 billion down-payment on the accumulated debt the state owes the city’s schools, based on the New York State Court of Appeals 2006 final decision in CFE v State of New York

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Bringing School Racial Socialization to Light: The Importance of Intentionality and Resistance

Racial socialization occurs with youth on a regular basis from all kinds of sources and these messages inform how youth make sense of race and their own racial identities.

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Recuperation and Innovation: New York City’s Transfer High Schools

New York City's 56 transfer schools have a 25-year history and currently support the 15-20% of students who disengage from their original high schools. Yet, due to ESSA regulations, this sector of schools founded to serve students at high risk of not graduating is vulnerable to state regulatory action.

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Reducing High School Segregation: What Can the Mayor Do? (pt.2)

This blog explores actions that have the ability to lessen the intense segregation of New York City high schools by examining the 50 least diverse high schools (highest percentages of Black and Latinx students) in the City and suggests ways to increase diversity in those schools and address their unique needs.

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Reducing High School Segregation: What could the mayor do?

This blog explores actions that have the ability to lessen the intense segregation of New York City high schools by examining entry requirements of the 50 least diverse high schools in the City.

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Monopolizing Whiteness

A reflection on Erika Wilson's forthcoming work that argues, across the country, state-drawn school district boundaries in diverse urban districts allow advantaged whites with significant social and political capital to transform those districts into enclaves of similar racial and socio-economic status.

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Rebuilding our City’s Safety Net: Early Childcare

Creating universal, free, high-quality early childcare for New York City’s young children should be an essential component of the city's safety net.

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Perspectives 2020

Blogs from 2020: Read the blog posts from our thought-leaders: educators, students, and community members connected to NYU Metro Center.

Perspectives 2019

Blogs from 2019: Read the blog posts from our thought-leaders: educators, students, and community members connected to NYU Metro Center.

Perspectives 2018

Blogs from 2018: Read the blog posts from our thought-leaders: educators, students, and community members connected to NYU Metro Center.

Perspectives 2017

Blogs from 2017: Read the blog posts from our thought-leaders: educators, students, and community members connected to NYU Metro Center.

Perspectives 2016

Blogs from 2018: Read the blog posts from our thought-leaders: educators, students, and community members connected to NYU Metro Center.