We know separate is
# Still Not Equal
Most history textbooks will refer to 1954 as the year that school segregation was ended when Brown v Board of Education passed the verdict that segregated schools were inherently unequal. And yet, it keeps on keeping on. Across the United States, schools are more segregated than they were 40 years ago. And separate is #StillNotEqual.
From now until the 65th anniversary, we are demanding action for Real Integration in NYC.
By May 17, 2019, the 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, we the students demand:
Demand #1 - Relationships
The city release money for schools to design curriculum for an ethnic studies electives in all high schools and pay teachers to do that work.
Demand #2 - Race and Enrollment
That the DOE builds on IntegrateNYC’s algorithmic prototype and Teens Take Charge’s 3-Point Enrollment Equity Proposal to release a comprehensive plan that will racially, socioeconomically, and academically integrate public high schools. This plan must be created by a working group with meaningful student representation, alongside community leaders, educators, parents, and experts.
The DOE publicly releases all admissions data necessary to create the algorithm, including data about which students apply to which schools. We believe the NYC Algorithms task force will be crucial for transparency & accountability like this. We continue to look forward to a impending announcement of the task force and its participants by Mayor DeBlasio.
Demand # 3- Resources
The DOE releases the first equity report, as outlined in the student Constitution for Real Integration, documenting resources available to students across the city
The state releases a plan for providing $1.6 billion owed to public schools from the 2003 lawsuit Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. State of New York
Demand # 4- Representation
The DOE names a group of educators, policymakers, and advocates like NYC Men Teach, and students to design a blueprint for a teaching fellowship that provides scholarships for NYC students to become educators who serve NYC public schools.
Demand # 5- Restorative Justice
The DOE invites Center for Popular Democracy, Urban Youth Collaborative, Teachers Unite, and the Dignity in Schools Campaign to join the citywide and district level desegregation planning efforts so that their amazing work on restorative justice is included in desegregation planning.