A recent New York Times article started an interesting discussion with its title, “How Do You Get Better Schools? Take the State to Court, More Advocates Say.” The article highlights a wave of lawsuits over quality of education. But an interesting theme arises in many of the interviews. These families may be talking about schools and busing, but they are also talking about their neighborhoods.
Contrary to common thought, new findings from the UCLA Civil Rights Project assert gentrification is an opportunity for integration. Both gentrification and school choice are sometimes blamed for making segregation issues worse. But this research out of D.C. shows there is potential for neighborhood revitalization that breeds opportunity for all without displacement or segregation.