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Amy Stuart Wells quoted on school integration in Chicago reorganization coverage

Amy Stuart Wells is quoted discussing school integration in a WBEZ news article on reorganization plans in the Soutwest Side area of Chicago

"A 2015 Columbia University report said exposing middle-class children to students different from themselves improves cognitive skills, including critical thinking and problem solving.

Amy Wells, a professor of education and sociology at Columbia and an author of that report, said there’s lots of ways to go about integrating schools, from shifting enrollment borders to having all kids in a community apply to schools centrally. 

“The problem is you can’t make these decisions school by school … you have to have a broader view, of the total student population and where the overcrowding is and where it isn’t -- the demographics of the students,” she said. “It has to be driven by some goal that less segregation is good.'” 

Published Thursday, Sep. 29, 2016

Amy Stuart Wells quoted on school integration in Chicago reorganization coverage

Amy Stuart Wells is quoted discussing school integration in a WBEZ news article on reorganization plans in the Soutwest Side area of Chicago

"A 2015 Columbia University report said exposing middle-class children to students different from themselves improves cognitive skills, including critical thinking and problem solving.

Amy Wells, a professor of education and sociology at Columbia and an author of that report, said there’s lots of ways to go about integrating schools, from shifting enrollment borders to having all kids in a community apply to schools centrally. 

“The problem is you can’t make these decisions school by school … you have to have a broader view, of the total student population and where the overcrowding is and where it isn’t -- the demographics of the students,” she said. “It has to be driven by some goal that less segregation is good.'” 

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