The Costs of Equity, The Bill We Refuse to Pay: Why Integrating NYC’s Specialized High Schools Is the Right Thing to Do?

On Saturday, June 2nd, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his plan to “fix” the “diversity problem” plaguing the city’s specialized high schools. The plan by no measure is perfect, but I do believe that it can move us closer to equity in a system vexed by concentrations of privilege and the violence […]

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 Civic Education for a Civil Society

Martin Luther King, Jr. famously wrote about the critical linkage between intellectual rigor and personal character in an essay titled, “The Purpose of Education.” He argued that a true and complete education must go beyond the traditional areas of scholarship. Here’s how Dr. King put it: “Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, […]

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 Teacher Leadership and Advocacy for Policy, Equity, & Justice

“We’re fired up! Can’t take it no more!” This, one of the energizing rally cries for many of us who have taken to the streets to demand change, is what comes to mind when we think about the wave of recent teacher strikes, walkouts, and demonstrations across the country. The list of places where teachers […]

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 Fighting Our Fear With Valor: A Powerful Lesson From A High School Student on How to Transform Schools

Fear is a dangerous thing. It is the source of everyone’s problems. Many people in society are afraid of being at the bottom of the hierarchy. It’s a constant battle to be at an equal level with anyone else because those who believe themselves to be superior always disempower others. This is just putting it […]

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 Advancing Equity Within and Across a System

Much of the work of NYU Metro Center includes providing technical assistance and professional development to schools and districts around the country. This work is grounded in advancing equity and racial justice. Thus, over decades of practice-to-research and engaged evaluation work, NYU Metro Center has found a number of approaches most effective at shifting policies, […]

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 A Unique Opportunity for Integration, Inclusion, and Equity

The gentrification of urban neighborhoods across the country has attracted notice since at least the 1970s. However, in the most recent decade in the “return to the cities,” gentrification has become much more common. By some estimates, since 2000 nearly 20 percent of neighborhoods in the 50 largest cities have experienced gentrification. In many of […]

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