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Integrated Schools is growing a grassroots movement of, by and for parents who are intentionally, joyfully and humbly enrolling their children in integrating schools.
America’s schools are arguably more segregated than before the Civil Rights Movement… Because school segregation is as much a story of failed public policy as it is of white &/or privileged families thwarting it, we believe that a cultural shift toward not only valuing but prioritizing integration is long overdue. We call in white &/or privileged families to consider the how the choices we make for our kids’ schools’ affects all kids in our communities.
Integrated Schools (est. 2015) supports meaningfully integrated classrooms that reflect the diversity of their districts. We champion school communities that respect ALL families and are galvanized around supporting ALL children. Through national organizing to promote local action, we support, educate, develop and mobilize families to “live their values,” disrupt segregation, and leverage their choices for the well-being and futures for their own children, for all children, and for our democracy.
Raising consciousness of the problem of segregation and the promise of integration, we also make direct connections between the structural factors at work and the ways in which our individual choices work to support or challenge them.
Desegregation is about stepping in… enrolling our kids in an integrating school, where they may be the only or one-of-a-few white &/or privileged students. We aren’t solving segregation, but desegregating our children is the first step.
Meaningful integration is about stepping up. It demands respecting the needs and dreams of ALL students, families, & staff in a school. Integration is built on good intentions AND the understanding that impact matters more than intent.
With literal ‘skin in the game,’ parents committed to meaningful integration are well-positioned to fight for equity. Integrated Schools is creating a grassroots constituency for social shifts and courageous policy.
Recent Blog Posts
The Problem with Policy is that it’s Us: Happy Anniversary BrownvBoard
En masse, white parents have never committed to desegregating our schools, much less the messier and more radically hopeful work of integration. Even when we rally around ideas like diversity and equity, we allow “good” parenting to trump justice. And in so doing, we have hijacked the public in our public schools.
Kirkland on Integration: Podcast Episode Transcribed
Many of you have asked and, because of the kindness of two parent volunteers (thank you Carrie and Kelly!!!), here is a transcription of our conversation with Dr. David Kirkland. And if you haven’t yet listened, we strongly encourage you to check this …
Operation Varsity Blues is Just Another Tiki Torch
There is nothing that brings our nation together like a wee bit of comeuppance. This week even Fox News and CNN stood on the same platform of moral outrage at the college admissions scandal that the FBI cheekily dubbed ’Operation Varsity Blues.’ Fifty …
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