Monthly Study Series

The UFT and the Fight to Desegregate NYC Schools

As calls for the desegregation of NYC schools grow louder, members of MORE and allied groups are coming together to stay informed and learn more. Join us as we look closely at the current state of segregation, hear from activists, and delve into the roots of this issue. If you are curious about how to join the integration movement as an educator, this study group is for you!

Study Series Schedule:

  • February – The Fight Against School Segregation
  • March – The Origins of the UFT & the Civil Rights Movement
  • April – ‘64 Boycott for Integration and the “Antibusing” Backlash
  • May – Ocean Hill-Brownsville – From Civil Rights to Black Power
  • June – Shaped by Crisis and Defeat – Fiscal Crisis to Bloomberg

February Meeting – The Fight Against School Segregation

  • When: LGBT Center 208 W 13th St, Room 202
  • Where: Thursday, February 27th 5:30-7:30pm

February Readings & Other Media

  1. The System that Segregated NYC Schools by Ronnie Almonte
  2. Student Diversity Advisory Group Recommendations
  3. NYTimes Hulu Series- The Weekly – Episode 16 “Segregated City” (Hulu subscription required to watch)

February Study Questions

  • What are the different ways that NYC schools remain segregated today?
  • What are the forces in the city that benefit from and maintain this segregation?
  • How does the segregated nature of NYC schools affect your school and community? Does your school “experience” or “represent” any of the statistics you read?
  • What are the strongest and weakest points of the Student Diversity Group Recommendations?How do you interpret the gaps between the “original recommendation” and the “adopted recommendations,” where they exist?
  • Are there any recommendations missing that you would add?How can activists like ourselves use these recommendations to hold the city responsible for desegregating the system?

Let’s build something together.


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