What We’re Watching: Why Are Brooklyn’s Schools So Segregated?
A new video from Reason TV looks at an area of Brooklyn where two schools that are just a short distance apart serve very different populations.
P.S. 8 in Brooklyn Heights is surrounded by expensive brownstones. Less than a mile away, P.S. 307 serves the mostly poor and minority children who live in a large public housing project. But with P.S. 8 experiencing severe overcrowding, school boundaries may be redrawn so that both schools are more diverse.
This video asks, “Will moving the lines on a map integrate Brooklyn’s public schools? What if instead of redrawing catchment areas, poor parents were given the same choices middle-class families take for granted?”
A new article from Education Next looks at changes in school segregation over time and at the impact of segregation on student learning.