Confronting School Segregation & Increasing Diversity in District 15

posted May 28, 2014, 8:26 AM by Sylwia Jasinski

Dear School Community Leaders—

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, we know that segregation in our school communities remains an issue that we must confront.

In light of a recent UCLA study which suggests that New York has the most segregated public school system in the country, the Office of Council Member Carlos Menchaca & Council Member Brad Lander would like to invite parents, teachers, students and all interested community members for an honest conversation and forum on this topic.

District 15— which includes Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Red Hook, Park Slope, Sunset Park, Windsor Terrace, and Kensington—is home to an amazingly diverse community. At this forum we’ll discuss concrete steps our local school community can take (and already has taken) to ensure that our schools are representative of the diversity of the district.

Confronting School Segregation & Increasing Diversity in District 15
Thursday, June 5, 2014
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: John Jay Educational Campus, 237 7th Avenue (between 4th & 5th Streets), Brooklyn
Co-sponsored by:

Council Members Carlos Menchaca & Brad Lander
District 15 Community Education Council

Here are some specific topics that we’ll be discussing:

   •  Why we value diverse public schools
   •  The current state of school segregation in NYC and District 15
   •  Innovative efforts in other NYC districts to develop policies that combat segregation
   •  District 15 schools that strive to achieve diversity, including the Brooklyn New School, the Brooklyn Children’s School, PS 133, PS 15 (newly a magnet school) and Park Slope Collegiate (recently profiled in NY Magazine).
   •  Ideas for next steps toward more integrated & inclusive schools

Attached are flyers for the event in Spanish and English.

Please forward this email to your pool of contacts to ensure that our whole community can take part in this important forum.

We hope that you can join us.




Jorge Muniz

Office of Council Member Carlos Menchaca |38th District

O: (718) 439-9012 | C: (312) 608-1265

Sylwia Jasinski,
May 28, 2014, 8:28 AM