New Study Finds School Segregation on the Rise

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The Civil Rights Project at Harvard recently released the results of a new study showing that school segregation grew throughout the 1990s. The study, "Schools More Separate: Consequences of a Decade of Resegregation," by Professor of Education and Social Policy Gary Orfield (who is also the co-director of The Civil Rights Project) with teaching fellow Nora Gordon, analyzes statistics from the 1998-99 school year--the latest year of data available from the National Center for Education Statistics' Common Core of Education Statistics.

The study found that 70.2 percent of the nation's black students now attend predominantly minority schools--with more that a third attending schools with a minority enrollment of 90 to 100 percent. While schools in the South are still more integrated than before the civil rights movement of the 1960s, the percentage of black students in white majority schools decreased steadily from 1988 to 1998.

Data from the study shows that white students are the most segregated from other races--with white students on average attending schools where more than 80 percent of the other students are white.

The most dramatic findings related to the Latino student population, which has grown by 245 percent in the past 30 years. …