Fifty years of research show that diverse schools can benefit all students. It’s time to take action. Join us on April 19th for a conversation about the future of school integration and promising strategies for increasing diversity in public schools. The event’s keynote address will be delivered by U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr.

Education policies of recent decades have largely ignored the advantages of diversity, and socioeconomic and racial segregation in our schools has risen. But there may be reason to hope for a new wave of school integration.

According to new research from The Century Foundation, more than 90 school districts and charter schools across the country have begun efforts to increase socioeconomic integration in their schools. The U.S. Department of Education has also proposed a new federal program that would support voluntary efforts to increase socioeconomic diversity in schools.

This event will discuss these developments and ask the important questions about bolstering school diversity efforts.

Additional speakers include:

  • Mohammed Choudhury, Director of the Office of Transformation and Innovation, Dallas Independent School District
  • Tanya Clay House, Deputy Assistant Secretary for P-12 Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • Bill Ferguson, State Senator for Maryland’s 46th Legislative District
  • Donna Harris-Aikens, Director of Education Policy and Practice, National Education Association
  • Richard D. Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation
  • Monique Lin-Luse, Assistant Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Halley Potter, Fellow, The Century Foundation
  • Kimberly Quick, Policy Associate, The Century Foundation
  • Amy Stuart Wells, Professor of Sociology and Education, Columbia University