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June 28, 2017
‘It was much uglier on the adults’ part than the kids’: Reflecting on efforts — past and present — to integrate P.S. 191
Chalkbeat interviewed current and former parents, students and staffers to compile a history of the school's integration struggles.
December 7, 2016
The fight continues: Parents file appeal in Upper West Side school rezoning
The ongoing fight has come to symbolize a dual problem: deep segregation in many schools, and a zoning process that makes it hard, if not impossible, to integrate them.
November 22, 2016
Lawyer for Lincoln Towers residents blasts Department of Education over Upper West Side rezoning
In a letter sent to city officials, the attorney, Matthew Delforte, wrote that the parents still have concerns about the process and the data used to draw up the plan.
November 9, 2016
City unveils long-awaited rezoning proposal for the Upper West Side — and a new plan for schools in Harlem
The Department of Education's final proposal to rezone schools on the Upper West Side is sure to be controversial.
October 24, 2016
Parent group says Upper West Side rezoning proposal violated open meetings laws
A parent coalition says the Community Education Council in District 3 did not have authority to draft its own rezoning proposal.
October 19, 2016
Drowned out of Upper West Side rezoning battle, desegregation advocates fight for a broader plan
"We don’t want it to be taken off the table. We don’t want rezoning to be the end result.”
October 18, 2016
Rebuffing city’s plans, local education council offers its own vision for controversial Upper West Side rezoning
“We intend to control our own fate. We will not have a plan dictated to us by the Department of Education, by City Hall."
October 5, 2016
Five New York City school districts putting integration on the map
As the school year ramps up, so do plans to integrate New York City classrooms.
September 29, 2016
New diversity plans, same disputes in Upper West Side school rezoning
One school may implement a diversity plan for admissions, but parents who would be zoned out of high-performing P.S. 199 continue to push back.
September 19, 2016
Upper West Side parents still fighting rezoning plan that would diversify schools
The city has drawn up another plan to relieve overcrowding and integrate Upper West Side schools, but parents still need to be won over.
speaking of segregation
August 10, 2016
Mayor Bill de Blasio promises ‘bigger vision’ for promoting school diversity, but offers few specifics
“So to folks who say we want to see more, I understand where they are coming from and my simple answer is: you’re going to see more,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
hello from the other side
July 21, 2016
Advocates seize chance to push for Upper West Side desegregation, but face stiff resistance
As a zoning debate highlights the divides among Upper West Side schools, advocates are pushing for district-wide desegregation.
November 18, 2015
City postpones controversial plan to rezone two Upper West Side schools
The city postponed a contentious rezoning proposal Wednesday on the Upper West Side, extending a months long saga over two deeply divided schools.
November 6, 2015
De Blasio: City must respect families’ investments amid school diversity debates
“You have to also respect families who have made a decision to live in a certain area oftentimes because of a specific school,” Mayor de Blasio said.
A tale of two schools
October 19, 2015
For two sharply divided Manhattan schools, an uncertain path to integration
P.S. 191 and 199 are neighbors with glaring disparities. Competing plans could help change that — but not everyone is on board.
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