THE CASE FOR SCHOOL INTEGRATION
In 1954, the Supreme Court found that racial segregation is a major driver of educational inequity. When Boston refused to integrate public schools, black women from Roxbury and white suburban residents teamed up to create a new way. That’s why METCO was founded.
Racial segregation persists. Like most cities, Boston has been resegregating since the 1980s and is now more divided than ever.
That means METCO is more important than ever.
INTEGRATION BENEFITS EVERYONE.
|Cross-cultural knowledge and empathy||
|Preparation for employment in the global economy||96% of major employers say it is “important” that employees be “comfortable working with colleagues, customers, and/or clients from diverse cultural backgrounds.”|
|Increased civic engagement||Participation in community activities|
Builds support in suburban districts for:
- Inclusive school climate
- Culturally responsive curriculum
- Equitable conduct policies
- Equitable academic policies
- Faculty diversity
Normalizes and celebrates diversity, paving the way for investment in more equitable housing, policing, and economic policies
ARTICLES & RESEARCH
THE NATIONAL COALITION ON SCHOOL DIVERSITY (2018): Re-Weaving the Social Fabric Through Integrated Schools