Warner School of Education




Urban-Suburban Student Transfer Program
Director/PI: Kara Finnigan

Summary: This study examines Rochester, New York’s Urban-Suburban Interdistrict Transfer Program (USITP) which began in 1965. USITP voluntarily reduces racial isolation in elementary and secondary schools of New York State by allowing minority students to transfer from the Rochester City School District to participating suburban school districts.

Collaborators: USITP Governing Council

Funding: Mini grant awarded by Warner School of Education

Related Projects: None

The study focuses on the political context of USITP; participation in USITP and factors affecting enrollment; implementation across the suburban districts; and impact on participants, suburban residents, and integration. Research includes statistical and Geographic Information System analysis of 45 years of records, interviews with key stakeholders, document review, and historical analysis of newspaper articles. The Program’s goal is to enhance racial/ethnic awareness and sensitivity between and among students, teachers, and parents in the elementary and secondary schools of the State. In order to accomplish this, minority pupils (defined by the State Education Department as pupils who are Black, Hispanic (non-white)/Latino/a, Native American, Alaskan Native, Asian or Pacific Islander origin) residing in the Rochester City School District may apply for transfer to the participating suburban school districts.

Tags: Kara Finnigan, Urban-Suburban Interdistrict Transfer Program