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Murphy, Justin. Report revives vision for integrated, inter-district ‘breakthrough schools’ in RochesterDemocrat & Chronicle, November 18, 2021.

Connections: The value of diversity in the classroom,  October 23, 2017.  Audio: WXXI FM 88.5, AM 1370. Includes “Great Schools for All” participant Mark Hare

Murphy, Justin. Segregation in housing, schools pervasive says, MacArthur GeniusDemocrat & Chronicle, October 23, 2017.

Lynette Sparks, John Wilkonson. Survey shows Breakthrough Schools idea gains momentumDemocrat & Chronicle, June 18, 2016.

Murphy, Justin. Integrated magnet schools plan get supportDemocrat & Chronicle, June 9, 2016.

Connections: A Proposal For More Diverse Local Schools,  June 1, 2016. Audio: WXXI FM 88.5, AM 1370. Includes “Great Schools for All” participants John Wilkinson, Larry Marx, Mark Hare and Lynette Sparks.

Lahman, Sean. Survey shows support for inter-district magnet schools, Democrat & Chronicle, May 26, 2016

Macaluso, Tim Louis. Diverse schools? Survey shows the public may be ready, City Newspaper, May 26, 2016.

Towler, Mary Anna. A realistic, proven plan to create better schools. City Newspaper, April 19, 2016.

Jimenez, Annette. Great Schools for All was years in the making, Catholic Courier, July 7, 2015.

Bryant, Erica. Keep middle-class kids in charter schools. Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, March 27, 2015

Bryant, Erica. Moving King’s dream forward in local schools. Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, January 17, 2015

Hare, Mark. Lessons for Rochester from Raleigh. Rochester City Newspaper, July 24, 2014.

Connections: Are Countywide School Districts the Answer? May 17, 2014. Audio: WXXI AM 1370. Includes “Great Schools for All” participants Beth Laidlaw, Larry Marx, and Don Pryor.

Related Topics

Murphy, Justin, “RCSD floats preliminary proposal to end busing for Urban-Suburban, other suburban schools“, Democrat & Chronicle, October 17, 2021

Murphy, Justin, “Rochester City School District seeks structural funding changes with city, BOCES“, Democrat & Chronicle, December 29, 2020

Disare, Monica, “A top state education policymaker benefited from integration. Now, he wants to bring it back,” Chalkbeat, Sept. 5, 2017

Murphy, Justin, “ACT Rochester gives hard facts on racism”, Democrat & Chronicle, August 16, 2017

Edsall, Thomas B., “Integration Works. Can It Survive the Trump Era?,” The New York Times, Feb. 9, 2017

Frontline, WGBH / PBS “The Education Of Omarina,” September 13, 2016

Hannah-Jones, Nikole, “Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City,” The New York Times Magazine, June 9, 2016

Taddeo, Sarah, School districts a top priority for moving families, Deomocrat & Chronicle, May 14, 2016

Boschma, Janie and Brownstein, Ronald, The Concentration of Poverty in American Schools, The Atlantic, Feb. 29, 2016

A Community United : Leaders look back on their decision to consolidate Raleigh and Wake County schools in the 1970s.

Quinlan, Casey, School segregation is bad and getting worse, but it’s supposed be solved voluntarily, Think Progress, Nov. 23, 2015

Quinlan, Casey, Magnet schools take on segregation by bringing white students to non-white schools, Think Progress, November 2, 2015

Quinlan, Casey, How the small officers working to desegregate Hartford public schools, Think Progress, October 26, 2015

Kahlenberg, Richard, A New Era of Civil Rights: Proposals to address the economic inequalities in Robert Putnam’s “Our Kids,”  The Century Foundation, September 10, 2015

This American Life, National Public Radio, “The Problem We All Live With,” July 31, Aug. 7, 2015. A look at school integration efforts—the only strategy that has been proven successful in improving outcomes for the poorest urban children. Part 1 looks at accidental success in St. Louis; Part 2 assesses progress in Hartford, Ct.

Semuels, Alana, Louisville—The City that believed in desegregation, The Atlantic,  March 27, 2015

Need to Know: The Urban-Suburban Program, WXXI Channel 21, Feb. 2015 Video: Urban Suburban at 50.

Segregated Schools Dominate ROC Area 50 Years After MLK’s ‘Dream‘.  WXXI 1370, Aug. 28, 2013,  Part Three of the Series, “Rochester Remembers the Dream.”

Kahlenberg, RichardUnion City Blues  The Washington Monthly, July/August 2013.

Thomas, G. Scott. Spending Per Pupil by Rochester Area School Districts Buffalo Business First, July 11, 2013.

Kirk, David L. The Secret to Fixing Bad Schools.  The New York Times, Feb. 9, 2013.

Kahlenberg,  Richard.  From All Walks of Life: New Hope for School Integration.  The American Educator, Winter 2012-2013

Frontline, WGBH / PBS “What is the Middle School Moment ,” September 13, 2016

Reinstaller, Kim.  Raleigh, N.C.’s secret to great schools: Consolidation, busing and putting poor children in middle-class schools The Grand Rapids Press, August 18, 2010.

Powell, John. Race, Place and Opportunity. The American Prospect, Sept. 21, 2008.


Craig, Susan E., Ph.D. Reaching and Teaching Children Who Hurt: strategies for your classroom. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing, Inc., 2008

Grant, Gerald. Hope and Despair in the American City: Why There Are No Bad Schools in Raleigh. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2009.

Jensen, Eric. Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids’ Brains and What Schools Can Do about It. Alexandria, VA: ASCD Press, 2009

Kahlenberg, Richard, Editor. The Future of School Integration, The Century Foundation Press, New York, 2012

Kahlenberg, Richard, Editor. Improving on No Child Left Behind: getting education reform back on track, The Century Foundation Press, 2008

Ravitch, Diane. Reign of Error: The hoax of the privatization movement and the danger to America’s public schools, Alfred A. Knopf, 2013


ACT Rochester, Hard Facts-Race and Ethnicity in the Nine-County Greater Rochester Area, August 2017

Southern Education Foundation, A New Majority Research Bulltetin: Low Income Students Now a Majority in the Nations Public Schools, 2015

Rochester Area Community Foundation. Benchmarking Rochester’s Poverty: A 2015 Update and Deeper Analysis of Poverty in the City of Rochester, January 2015.

Rochester Area Community Foundation. Poverty and the Concentration of Poverty in the Nine-County Greater Rochester Area, December 2013.

PC(USA) Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy. Loving Our Neighbors: Equity and Quality in Public Education (K–12).

Wake County Schools, Video: A Community United (Leaders look back on their decision to consolidate Raleigh and Wake County schools in the 1970s)

This Is Your Brain on Poverty: What Science Tells Us About Poverty (about a study in JAMA linking poverty to poor academic performance)., Feb. 22, 2014.

Per capita spending for school districts (Monroe County). ActRochester.

Kahlenberg, Richard. Turnaround Schools That Work: Moving Beyond Separate but Equal. The Century Foundation.

Poverty and Race Research Action Council, Annotated Bibliography: The Impact of School-Based Poverty Concentration on Academic Achievement & Student Outcomes  (NCAA biography submitted this bibliography with its brief in Rochester’s Paynter case, which argued that New York’s rigid system of school districts effectively denies urban poor children the “sound basic education” they are guaranteed by the state constitution

Rochester Participatory Educational Research Collaborative (RPERC) is a collection of East High School students and teachers, Nazareth College students and faculty, Saint John Fisher College students and faculty who conduct research together. Video (51 minutes).

A Proposed Model for a County Federation of School Districts by the Monroe County (NY) Educational Planning Committee; Center for Governmental and Community Research, August 1971.

RocCity SCHOLARS. Being Smart is not enough: Easing the way on the long hard journey from urban poverty to college graduation. A report on the RocCity SCHOLARS Program, 2010-2013.


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