Why Educational Integration Matters

A great piece via Dana Goldtein’s blog outlining the benefits of educational integration. Rhode Island is experimenting with a new model which seems to be having good success.  Worth a read when you have a chance:

The result is RIMA’s first school, Blackstone Valley Prep, one of the most diverse schools of any kind I have ever visited. BVP currently draws 252 kindergartners, first-graders, and fifth-graders from two low-income cities, Pawtucket and Central Falls, and two affluent towns, Lincoln and Cumberland. Fifty-five percent of the students are black and Latino, 65 percent are poor, and 43 percent are English language learners.