Brooklyn is De-segregating the Public Schools… Again


Sixty-two years after Brown v. Board of Education, New York City still has one of the most ethnically segregated school systems in the nation. Inflexible public school zones drawn across a diverse city of immigrants ensure that rich and poor, black and white, are kept apart.

One Brooklyn district is looking to integrate their schools by rezoning. New lines will be drawn, mandating a more diverse mix of residents into the public schools. But will affluent families willingly send their kids to poor and minority schools? Or will they opt out of the public system, by sending their kids to a private school or by moving to a different district?

In Brownstone Brooklyn's Racial Divide, Reason TV took a close look at how one community is struggling to reverse the rampant ethnic and class segregation in their public schools.