Wednesday, January 13, 2010

public school segregation (revisited)

More info on an old theme-- from Rebecca Bowe in LEOWeekly...

My favorite example of this was research by sociologists about greater lunchroom segregation in public vs. private schools.

Anyway, the funny/sad thing is that people argue that school choice will lead to segregation.

De facto segregation deepening in public education

Latinos and African-Americans attend more segregated public schools today than they have for four decades, professor Gary Orfield notes in “Reviving the Goal of an Integrated Society: A 21st Century Challenge,” a study conducted by the Civil Rights Project of the University of California, Los Angeles. Orfield’s report used federal data to highlight deepening segregation by race and poverty in public education.

About 44 percent of students in the nation’s public schools are people of color, and this group will soon make up the majority of the U.S. population. Yet this racial diversity often isn’t reflected from school to school. Instead, two out of every five black and Latino youth attend schools that Orfield characterizes as “intensely segregated,” composed of 90 to 100 percent people of color....


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