Nov 21, 2016 • 10:00 AM

BRIC is pleased to announce that, as part of its BRIC TV initiative, and in partnership with WNYC, it will present Class Divide: Breaking the Pattern of School Segregation, a live-broadcast, town hall-style discussion, December 1 at 7:00pm. The event, hosted by BRIC TV Senior Correspondent Brian Vines, will create a powerful dialogue about innovative ways to repair our failing school system.


New York City has a school segregation problem.  It’s more segregated today than it was 30 years ago.  And it’s not only racial segregation, it’s also economic. This concentration of poverty in our schools creates a never-ending cycle that goes beyond the classroom. And as Brooklyn continues to gentrify, the school divide is only getting worse.


The pressure is on for the city to help all of our students thrive, regardless of race or income. But there’s no easy solution. Should the city mandate school integration across the board? Should more money be spent improving our city’s failing schools? Or do we need to rethink the very mission of our school system? And finally, can leaders, educators and parents find common ground to make our city a model for the nation? With Class Divide, BRIC TV & WNYC aim to offer a forum for thought-leaders and the community to come together and discuss how best to fix our school segregation problem. 


WHAT:   Class Divide: Breaking the Pattern of School Segregation, a #BHeard community town hall, open to the public 

WHO: Presented by:  BRIC TV and WNYC

Moderator: Brian Vines, (Senior Correspondent, BRIC TV)


Yasmeen Khan, Education Reporter, WNYC

Nikole Hannah-Jones, Staff Writer, The New York Times Magazine

Brad Lander, Council Member of Brooklyn’s 39th District

Clarence Taylor, Historian, Baruch College

Josh Wallack, Deputy Chancellor of Strategy & Policy, NYC Department of Education

Lurie Daniel Favors, General Counsel, Medgar Evers Center for Law & Social Justice


WHEN: Thursday, December 1, 7-9pm

WHERE: BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street, Downtown Brooklyn


ONLINE:  Event page:

#BHeard: Join the conversation. Submit your questions on School Segregation on social media using #BHeard and they may be answered live during the broadcast.

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CONTACT:    Blake Zidell, Blake Zidell & Associates, 718.643.9052,

Binta Vann-Joseph, Marketing Director, BRIC, 718.683.5629,


About BRIC

BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. We present and incubate work by artists and media-makers who reflect the diversity that surrounds us.  BRIC programs reach hundreds of thousands of people each year.

BRIC TV is Brooklyn’s only non-profit cable channel and digital network. With an audience of tastemakers and a reach of millions, it is the voice of the borough — reflecting the best that Brooklyn has to offer and telling Brooklyn’s story to itself and to the world. The award-winning lineup delivers documentary series, hyper-local news, politics, music, comedy, scripted series and more. BRIC TV is community television with an edge… a megaphone for the under-represented...a patron of the independent arts... and the home of trend-setting makers, artists, musicians, and more! BRIC TV is Brooklyn without boundaries…

Programming can be found on, on Time Warner 756, Verizon FiOS 46, and Cablevision 70, and also on our YouTube channel and Facebook page.

About WNYC

With an urban vibrancy and a global perspective, WNYC is New York’s public radio station, broadcasting and streaming award-winning journalism, groundbreaking audio programming and essential talk radio to the city and beyond. WNYC is a leading member station of NPR and also broadcasts programs from the BBC World Service, along with a roster of WNYC-produced local programs that champion the stories and spirit of New York City and the surrounding region. From its state-of-the-art studios, WNYC is reshaping audio for a new generation of listeners, producing some of the most-loved nationally-syndicated public radio programs including Radiolab, On the Media, The Takeaway and Snap Judgment. WNYC broadcasts on 93.9 FM and AM 820 to listeners in New York and the tri-state area, and is available to audiences everywhere at, the WNYC app and through major digital radio services, all made possible through the generous support of our members, donors and sponsors.

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