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- A report from the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research indicates that student segregation is still prevalent in North Carolina school districts and reveals the barriers to integration.
- How does your local school system address issues such as segregation? What. can donors do to address this issue?
- Read more on why school segregation is not a myth.
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Despite efforts to desegregate schools, "substantial" segregation often still takes place at the classroom level, according to a report from the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research. The study compares the patterns of white/black segregation with those between white and Hispanic students in the 4th, 7th and 10th grades in North Carolina.
Researchers said that Wake County, which is praised for its efforts to balance schools by socioeconomic status, had some of the most segregated 7th- and 10th-grade classrooms in the state. Additionally, they found that more racially and ethnically diverse schools were more likely to be segregated.
The study also shows significantly higher segregation at the classroom level between white and Hispanic students than between white and black students, reflecting a high degree of in-school segregation of Hispanics. Black and Hispanic students were also less likely to be enrolled in advanced classes.
Desegregating schools is a tricky task, but the best source for a solution may be the ultimate stakeholders: the students. Faced with similar issues in 2019, a group of 500 teenagers in Trenton, New Jersey, got together to tackle segregation and ease racial divisions in the public school system. Like adults, they disagreed along the way.
Though segregation is illegal, New Jersey is the sixth-most segregated state in the nation for black students and seventh for Latino students. Students came up with the idea of having districts redraw boundaries to make schools more diverse. But redistricting can raise school choice issues, and some students opposed this idea on the grounds that most families want to keep their children in their local school.
Another issue is that, in some towns, the number of Hispanic and black residents is on the rise while whites are moving away, leading to schools with diverse student populations but with fewer white students.
Read the full article about segregation in schools by Shawna De La Rosa at Education Dive.