UCLA Civil Rights Project to Release New Research on Segregation in NYC Schools

Research detail decline in segregation amid rising gentrification

News Advisory: March 8, 2019 – Contact: John McDonald – jmcdonald@gseis.ucla.edu


The UCLA Civil Rights Project will publish a new report, School Integration in Gentrifying Neighborhoods: Evidence from New York City, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. The research finds a modest decline in school segregation in New York City’s rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods. The declines are more evident in traditional public schools than in charter schools.

The research details a three-fold increase in the white population in the city’s most rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods. In these same areas, the research also finds an increase in the share of White and Asian enrollment in public elementary schools between 2001 and 2015.

While the research highlights the potential of changes in enrollment related to gentrification to increase diversity in long segregated schools, the researchers strongly caution that real and significant steps to prevent the displacement of long standing residents must be part of the solution. The report also cautions that a high level of racial segregation remains in New York City schools and that much more progress is needed. Policy responses that link housing and schools are essential.

School Integration in Gentrifying Neighborhoods: Evidence from New York City, is embargoed for broadcast and publication, Tuesday, March 12 at 12:01 a.m. The report will be available online on the UCLA Civil Rights Project website https://civilrightsproject.ucla.edu

Advance, embargoed versions of the news summary and full report are available on request to journalists who will honor the embargo. The report co-authors, Kfir Mordechay, an assistant professor at Pepperdine University, and, Jennifer Ayscue, an assistant professor at North Carolina State, are available to discuss the reports findings and conclusions. Professor Gary Orfield, the Co-Director of the UCLA Civil Rights project is also available for comment To receive an advance embargoed copy of the report, and to arrange interviews, please email John McDonald at jmcdonald@gseis.ucla.edu