Education Redlining Webinar Recap and Resources!
The National OTL Campaign successfully hosted its first webinar yesterday! We explored the issue of education redlining, in which bad policies systematically deny certain communities the educational resources and opportunities they need to prepare their children for success in school and in life. Attendees learned how to identify disparities in resources with the help of a variety of tools and we discussed strategies for bringing their research to the attention of the local media, policymakers and advocacy groups.
The first panelist, Michael Holzman, Senior Research Consultant for the Schott Foundation for Public Eduation, spoke about his latest report "A Rotting Apple: Education Redlining in New York City," which serves as an important case study of redlining in the nation's largest school district. Holzman also showed attendees how to identify "donuts," regions where struggling urban schools lack access to vital resources, such as high-quality teachers and AP classes, compared to the wealthier suburban districts surrounding the city which have far more plentiful resources.
We next heard from Jennifer LaFleur, Director of Computer Assisted Reporting at ProPublica. She taught attendees how to use ProPublica's Opportunity Gap tool to compare the demographics and available resources at neighboring schools.
You can find all the resources we discussed at the webinar below, including our panelists' PowerPoint presentations and a video of the full webinar.
You can find our live tweets from the webinar on our Twitter page (@OTLCampaign). Join the discussion at #edredlining.
Thanks to all who attended the webinar and good luck with your advocacy work!
- ProPublica's Opportunity Gap tool.
- The Schott Foundation's report: A Rotting Apple: Education Redlining in New York City
- WNYC interview with Schott Foundation President John Jackson and Senior Research Consultant Michael Holzman on Education Redlining
- Article in The Nation by Linda Darling-Hammond: "Why is Congress Redlining Our Schools?"
- The Brookings Institution's report: Housing Costs, Zoning and Access to High-Scoring Schools