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School Diversity

PRRAC strongly supports federal, state and local efforts to increase racial and economic integration in K-12 education. We do this work primarily with and through the National Coalition on School Diversity (NCSD), which we helped to found in 2009 along with former staff from the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute at Harvard Law School, and leadership of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the ACLU. Members of the NCSD Steering Committee include the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, PRRAC, ACLU, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, MALDEF, AALDEF, Kirwan Institute, NY Appleseed, UNC Center for Civil Rights, and the UCLA Civil Rights Project, along with a small group of prominent legal scholars. Since 2009, PRRAC has served as the primary staff and fiscal agent for the NCSD, with active support from many of the NCSD member organizations for specific advocacy campaigns, and volunteer contributions by members of the NCSD Research Advisory Panel. For more information, please go to the NCSD website at www.school-diversity.org

2016 highlights

Some achievements of the NCSD

During the last several years of the Obama Administration, advocacy by NCSD and its members have helped to facilitate several advances in school diversity policy:
  • The Department of Education has highlighted increased school diversity as a school turnaround strategy in the School Improvement Grants program for the past two funding cycles

  • The Department included an absolute priority for school diversity in this year’s Investing in Innovation program grants.

  • Charter Schools Program grants have included a competitive priority focused on increasing on student diversity over the past several funding cycles

  • In June 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education announced proposed revisions for the Head Start Performance Standards, which included for the first time support for socioeconomic diversity

  • In 2015, the preschool development grants program added a priority for school diversity

  • In 2016, the Obama Administration included a new “Stronger Together” school diversity competitive funding grant in its 2017 budget proposal, and a significant increase in magnet school funding

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For more information, please go to the NCSD website at www.school-diversity.org
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