AAFE Co-Executive Director Jennifer Sun took part in a panel discussion held in conjunction with the release of the NYU Furman Center’s annual report, “State of New York City’s Housing and Neighborhoods.”  The discussion, held May 28, addressed  strategies for public school integration. 

A featured section of this year’s report examined the connection between neighborhood segregation and segregation in local elementary schools. The discussion was led by NY1’s Errol Louis. Sun participated in the panel, along with Richard Kahlenberg of the Century Foundation; Sandra Soto, principal of P.S. 705 in Brooklyn; and Maya Wiley, a professor at the New School and co-chair of the city’s School Diversity Advisory Group. 

According to the report:

New York City’s public elementary school classrooms do not look like the city as a whole—while 3 in 10 New Yorkers overall and 1 in 4 children ages 5-9 are white, the white share of students enrolled in public school is less than 15 percent. Correspondingly, Black and Hispanic students are over-represented in public schools… Roughly 7 in 10 white students and 8 in 10 Asian students attend schools with a significant share of students (20% or more) from a different racial/ethnic group.

One of the points made by Sun is that school integration efforts and housing integration must go hand-in-hand in our neighborhoods.  In the next several days, we’ll be posting a video recording from the Furman Center event. In the meantime, you can read the school diversity report here