Elizabeth Weise

What can parents and communities do to create socioeconomically integrated schools?

As Parents Get More Choice, S.F. Schools Resegregate

As this article notes, one way to help desegregate the public schools would be to bring back more of the 27% of families who attend private schools. But you’ve got to give them a reason to go back. It’s partly perception, as Rachel Norton notes below. But it’s also partly an antipathy on the part of some in the District towards what they term “entitled” families. I think a welcoming attitude towards all families, programs that are attractive to all families and yes, better PR, would help a lot.

As Parents Get More Choice, S.F. Schools Resegregate

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San Francisco Public Press
 — Feb 2 2015 – 8:40am

San Francisco faces a challenge: promoting educational options without undermining classroom diversity

Each January, parents across San Francisco rank their preferences for public schools. By June, most get their children into their first choices, and almost three-quarters get one of their choices.

A majority of families may be satisfied with the outcome, but the student assignment system is failing to meet its No. 1 goal, which the San Francisco Unified School District has struggled to achieve since the 1960s: classroom diversity.

Since 2010, the year before the current policy went into effect, the number of San Francisco’s 115 public schools dominated by one race has climbed significantly. Six in 10 have simple majorities of one racial group. In almost one-fourth, 60 percent or more of the students belong to one racial group, which administrators say makes them “racially isolated.” That described 28 schools in 2013–2014, up from 23 in 2010–2011, according to the district.

But the San Francisco Public Press has found the problem may be even more stark: If Asian and Filipino students are counted together — the standard used by the Census — together the number of racially isolated schools in the last school year rose to 39.

Please read more here.

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Written by Elizabeth Weise

February 3, 2015 at 3:11 am

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