Pick a local school. If your children attend a school, choose that one.
We evaluate schools based on our 5 Rs of integration. Find the answers to these questions for your chosen school:
Race and Enrollment: We stand for a school system where every school enrolls students who are diverse in terms of race, socioeconomic status, language, and ability.
How does it compare with the city? With your neighborhood? Check out the racial makeup of your neighborhood here.
Resource Allocation: We stand for schools that are equitably resourced so that a “sound basic education” is a reality for every student.
Does the school have AP classes? Sports teams? Music, theater, or art programs?
What is your school’s budget?
How much money does the PTA raise and spend each year? How is that money spent?
What other sources of funding does your school receive? (grants, etc).
Relationships Across Group Identities: We stand for schools that foster authentic relationships using culturally responsive curriculum and anti-racist practices such as those advocated by the organizations listed below amongst students and staff.
Does the curriculum adequately address the history and culture of the students who attend the school?
Does the school regularly foster open and safe conversations about race and socioeconomics among students, teachers, staff, and parents?
Representation: We stand for schools with diverse educators whose backgrounds are representative of student experiences and identities.
What is racial composition of the teaching staff?
Who is on the PTA? Who leads it? Does the PTA reflect the student body?
Restorative justice: We stand for schools that employ restorative disciplinary practices to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.
What is the school’s approach to discipline? Does it practice restorative justice?
Are students of color disproportionately suspended or disciplined?