8:15am - 9:25am School Integration: Changing the Conversation
Sunday Oct 15
This panel will address efforts to create new local and national narratives around school integration, and to build a national network of families who have the commitment and understanding to help fashion integrated school communities that benefit all of a school's students. While attention to the value of integrated schools has risen in recent years, the parallel rise of "choice" has complicated efforts to promote racial, ethnic, and especially economic integration. In many districts, schools can only be effectively integrated if families deliberately choose integration. That choice, however, often requires families to look beyond dominant narratives about school "quality," which focus on facilities, test scores, PTA fundraising, and other criteria. The panelists, who have chosen to send their own children to integrated schools in Los Angeles, Charlotte, and New York, have spent years working to create new local narratives about integrated schools.