Tag: Segregation and Desegregation

Juanita Abernathy, a Force in the Civil Rights Movement, Dies at 88

Juanita Abernathy, who helped organize the Montgomery bus boycott and took part in other pivotal protests at the outset of the civil rights era alongside the Rev. Dr. Ralph Abernathy, her husband and a leader of the movement, died on Thursday at a hospital in Atlanta. She was 88. The cause was a stroke, her […]

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Lock-Ins and Walkouts: The Students Changing City Schools From the Inside

They have locked themselves inside school buildings for days on end to protest discrimination. They have called into Mayor Bill de Blasio’s weekly radio show to demand action on integrating schools, and have even followed him to Iowa to confront him about arrests and suspensions for students of color. Education politics in New York City […]

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Should a Single Test Decide a 4-Year-Old’s Educational Future?

To get into a gifted and talented elementary school program in New York City, children must ace a single, high-stakes exam — when they are 4 years old. This admissions process is now a flash point in an escalating debate over how to desegregate the nation’s largest school district. Although New York’s school district has […]

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A Suburb Believed in Liberal Ideals. Then Came a New Busing Plan.

MAPLEWOOD, N.J — This suburb, with its high-performing schools, seems a haven of diversity and progressiveness. Signs that trumpet “Stigma-free Town” and “Hate Has No Home Here” hang from lampposts and, after a series of fatal police shootings across the country, “Black Lives Matter” placards popped up on lawns. But now a strategy to tackle […]

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The Plan to Scrap New York’s Gifted Programs: 5 Takeaways

On Tuesday, a task force created by Mayor Bill de Blasio to find ways to desegregate New York City’s school system released a proposal to completely overhaul admission practices in the nation’s largest school district. The task force recommended the elimination of gifted and talented programs in the city, as well as a reconfiguration of […]

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The Plan to Shut Down Gifted Programs, Explained

Weather: Chance of showers most of the day, and thunderstorms in the afternoon. The high will be around 80. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Monday (Labor Day). ImageCreditGabriella Angotti-Jones for The New York Times Like Mr. de Blasio, the schools chancellor, Richard Carranza, has vowed to tackle inequality. When he took the job last year, […]

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Desegregating N.Y. Schools Was His Top Priority. What Happened?

Soon after he took the helm of the nation’s largest school district last year, Richard A. Carranza made his top priority clear: desegregation. He sought to set himself apart from previous New York City schools chancellors and even his own boss, Mayor Bill de Blasio, by promising both frank talk about racial inequality and sweeping […]

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School District Agrees to Desegregate After State Investigation

A California school district outside of San Francisco agreed to desegregate its schools on Friday, after a two-year state investigation found that the district had “knowingly and intentionally maintained and exacerbated” racial segregation and even established an intentionally segregated school. Students in the district, Sausalito Marin City, are divided into two starkly different schools, according […]

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Overlooked No More: Georgia Gilmore, Who Fed and Funded the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. By Klancy Miller It took all of Georgia Gilmore’s willpower not to explode at the driver of the crowded bus in Montgomery, Ala., one Friday afternoon in October 1955. She had just boarded and dropped her […]

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Busing Worked in Louisville. So Why Are Its Schools Becoming More Segregated?

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — When she saw the news images of angry white mobs pelting school buses with rocks and bottles, Sherlonda Lewis was glad that she was not among the black students being bused to a school in a white neighborhood. It was 1975, and Louisville had initiated a court-ordered effort to integrate its public […]

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The Myth That Busing Failed

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher The first Democratic debate brought renewed attention to busing as a tool of school desegregation. We spoke to a colleague about what the conversation has been missing. [For an exclusive look at how the biggest stories […]

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Where Segregation Persists, Trouble Persists

The revival of the argument over school busing illuminates a continuing predicament for Democrats and proponents of racial equality. Integration works, but how do we get it to fly in the face of white intransigence? There is a large body of evidence that shows that African-American children perform better when they move out of high-poverty […]

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What the City Didn’t Want the Public to Know: Its Policy Deepens Segregation

For more than two years, lawyers for New York City have fought to keep secret a report on the city’s affordable housing lotteries, arguing that its release would insert an unfavorable and “potentially incorrect analysis into the public conversation.” The report was finally released on Monday, following a federal court ruling, and its findings were […]

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A Brief History of Joe Biden and School Busing

School busing has for decades been a contentious tool for racial integration. And it is back in the spotlight 65 years after Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to desegregate public schools, because Senator Kamala Harris of California recently attacked former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. for his position on […]

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How Joe Biden Became the Democrats’ Anti-Busing Crusader

NEWPORT, Del. — In July 1974, with a federal court in Delaware on the verge of ordering busing to integrate Wilmington’s overwhelmingly black public schools, Joseph R. Biden Jr. arrived at a school auditorium in this predominantly white suburb to find himself the target of a political ambush. Just two years after narrowly winning a […]

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Self-Segregation, School Pride, Classism: Sharing Your Memories of Busing

Busing is back in the news. Busing students to integrate schools, some argue, is an effective tool in closing the achievement gap and building understanding across lines of race and class. And yet, many consider the policy a failure. Race/Related recently asked readers to share their memories of busing. Hundreds of you responded. With the […]

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It Was Never About Busing

When Senator Kamala Harris confronted former Vice President Joe Biden at the second Democratic presidential debate about his support of bills to ban busing for school desegregation during the 1970s and early ’80s, he gave a sort of denial. “I did not oppose busing in America,” he said. “What I opposed is busing ordered by […]

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When Did Diversity Become Optional?

LOS ANGELES — By reviving the issue of school busing in the first Democratic presidential debate, Senator Kamala Harris socked it to the front-runner, Joe Biden. Ms. Harris described her childhood experiences with racism in California, and then accused Mr. Biden of standing in the way of a solution by opposing the funding of a […]

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Joe Biden’s Record on Race

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher In the contest to become the Democratic candidate for president, Joseph R. Biden Jr. is being asked to confront his record on race, including past positions that some in his party now see as outdated and […]

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Riding the Post-Debate Buzz With Kamala Harris’s Sorority Sisters

NASHVILLE — It had been on the calendar for months, the annual leadership conference of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. But the talk at the gathering of 8,000 women last weekend was about far more than the usual chapter building, catching up and breaking out outfits in the organization’s signature pink and green: Kamala Harris, […]

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