A 2016 audit by the Government Accountability Office on educational segregation patterns revealed the number of segregated schools — defined as having three-quarters of their students in poverty and of black and Latino descent — has dramatically grown nationwide since 2000. Under both Presidents Bush and Obama, racially polarized schools rose from 9 percent to 16 percent in 2014. 1
Current systems have failed students, and systematic change is overdue. Social injustices surrounding poverty, racism, inequality, violence, and racial and economic segregation are prevalent from east to west and from north to south — and the capacity and well-being of our most precious resource, our children, lay in the crosshairs.
With insights drawn from a city and school district on the forefront of progress, we've assembled this resource: An Educator's Blueprint to Building Social Justice.
This in-depth guide explores how we got here and how the bright leaders of the Oakland Unified School District can be a model for others. It presents practical, actionable steps that educators can take to ensure all people have equal access to wealth, health, wellbeing, justice, and opportunity — i.e. social justice.
The guide shows educators how to build social justice by: