Saturday, November 26, 2022

Talk out of School: The History of Segregation in NYC public schools with Christopher Bonastia


Episode Summary

After a short recap of the latest news including the Appellate Court decision on the budget cuts lawsuit, our special guest this week was Christopher Bonastia, Lehman College Professor and the author of a terrific new book about the history of segregation in NYC public schools.

Episode Notes

Class Size Matters press release  on the Appellate court decision on the school budget cuts lawsuit;news clips from the  NY Times, the Daily News, Chalkbeat and Gothamist.

Christopher Bonastia, The Battle Nearer to Home: The Persistence of School Segregation in New York City. Order from Barnes and Noble

Under his musical alias Uno Collision, Bonastia has also released a soundtrack album to accompany the book. Several tracks include excerpts of interviews in which individuals reflect upon their experiences in the New York City school system. Links to stream the album can be found here:

Let Us Break Bread Together: Integrating New York Public Schools.  Based on a project in School Districts 12, 13, and 14.   1954 video produced by the NYC Board of Education. Article explaining to the plan to site schools on a Linear City to be built over the Cross-Brooklyn Expressway with photographs

Linear City and Cross-Brooklyn Expressway, 1969 article about plans to site schools on a Linear City to be built over the Cross-Brooklyn Expressway.

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