CSI Newsletter: IntegrateNYC score a win for diversity, respect, and integration in the schools
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CSI members IntegrateNYC marked an incredible victory when Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced that they were implementing a package of recommendations to make New York City schools more equitable, representative, and diverse. The reforms were built up from the foundation of IntegrateNYC’s 5Rs of Real Integration — and IntegrateNYC got to hear the mayor himself endorse their vision.

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NYLPI: ESPN Awards Inaugural Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award to Bronx Students Who Fought Racial Inequities in High School Sports
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During their ESPY celebrations, ESPN honored Bronx public high school students Matt Diaz and Lisa Parks with the Inaugural Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award for using the power of sports to make a positive impact on society at the fifth annual Sports Humanitarian Awards (ESPYs).

Congratulations to our alum Matthew Diaz!

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Sarah Zapiler
PBS News Hour: New York City students are fighting for school integration

New York state has some of the most segregated schools in the U.S., particularly among African-American and Latino students. And 65 years after the Supreme Court decision declaring school-based racial segregation to be unconstitutional, New York City students are pushing for a city-wide integration plan. Hari Sreenivasan reports on the first of a two-part series examining the debate.

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PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AT CITY HALL TO CELEBRATE UNANIMOUS PASSAGE OF SPORTS EQUITY LEGISLATION
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Student activists and leaders in the Fair Play coalition gathered at City Hall today to speak with media and greet Council Members today to thank them for meeting during the Fair Play Lobby Day to discuss the serious disparities in access to Public School Athletic League Sports, and urging them to vote for Intro 242-B and Reso 1010-A, legislation designed to shed light on the serious inequities in access to high school sports teams for Black and Latino youth. The bill passed unanimously by a 47-0 vote.

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Sports Equity and Fair Play

After WNYC attended the sports equity event yesterday, they aired a segment on the sports equity issue, The Fair Play Coalition’s advocacy and City Council’s passing of the bill.

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Daily News: Lower class size and school integration go hand in hand
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Integration involves much more than student assignment or moving bodies around. Many integration advocates in NYC embrace the framework developed by a student group, IntegrateNYC. The 5Rs of integration call for race and enrollment, representation, resources, restorative justice and relationship.

The last R, relationship, requires teachers to teach culturally relevant pedagogy that honors and respects each student’s history, ancestry, culture and lived experiences.

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Daily News: Asian parents push stronger school integration fixes

A new coalition of Asian Pacific American parents of city schoolkids will publish an open letter to schools Chancellor Richard Carranza on Tuesday urging an overhaul of admissions procedures used by more than 700 public high school programs.

In February, the Advisory Group issued a report containing more than 70 suggestions created within a framework of five recommendations formulated in 2018 by a student group called IntegrateNYC. The so-called 5R’s include a call to consider race in school enrollment decisions, a demand for equitable resources across city schools and a push for culturally responsive lessons in all classrooms.

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Making the Grade: The Path to Real Integration and Equity for NYC Public School Students

In June 2017, as part of the Equity and Excellence for All: Diversity in New York City Public Schools plan, the DOE established a School Diversity Advisory Group (SDAG) to make formal policy recommendations to the Mayor and Chancellor.

Matthew Gonzalez, Sarah Zaplier, Frantzy Luzincourt and Yousof Abdelreheem worked part as members of the School Diversity Advisory Group on the report. Read the full report here.

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NYC's Segregated Schools Need 'Chief Integration Officer': Report

New York City's notoriously segregated public school system needs a different kind of CIO — a chief integration officer to oversee diversity efforts, a city task force argues. Creating the new post is among the dozens of recommendations in a sweeping report issued Tuesday by the School Diversity Advisory Group, a panel of more than 40 people tasked with tackling the city's educational segregation problem.

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