Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

New Report Looks Closely at Resegregation of Schools

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

New Report Looks Closely at Resegregation of Schools

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CAMBRIDGE, MASS.

In the past decade there has been a backward movement for desegregation in U.S. schools, especially for Latino and African American students, and particularly in the South, according to a new study on national resegregation trends in American public schools. The report, released by the Civil Rights Project (CRP) at Harvard University, also found that Asian students are the most integrated and most successful students by far.

CRP announced the study's finding last month on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and nearly 50 years since the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in which the Supreme Court found that "separate-but-equal schools" for White and Black students were unfair and unconstitutional.

The report, "Brown at 50: King's Dream or the Plessy Nightmare," authored by Harvard professor Dr. Gary Orfield and research associate Chungmei Lee, considers changes in the country and in the districts directly affected by Brown. It also examines a decade of resegregation from the Supreme Court's Dowell v. Oklahoma City (1991) decision, which authorized a return to segregated neighborhood schools, through the 2001-2002 school year and provides new information on the changes in schools where desegregation plans have ended. …

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