Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Just the Stats

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Just the Stats

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The Re-segregation Trend

The recent U.S. Supreme Court cases challenging racial integration efforts in public schools, (Meredith v. Jefferson County Public Schools) and Seattle (Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District no. 1). recalls five decades of integration battles, harking back to the court's landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision. Yet, the current debate overlooks a recent shift in public school demographics: The most segregated group in schools nowadays is not Black. It is Hispanic.

The ethnic makeup of public school classrooms has changed considerably since the 1960s, when 80 percent of students were White. Today, according to Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, Whites constitute 58 percent of the public school student body, followed by Hispanics (19 percent), Blacks (17 percent), Asians (4 percent) and American Indians (1 percent).

Hispanics and Blacks are more likely to attend mostly minority schools today than they were 10 years ago. In the South, 32 percent of Blacks still go to schools that are 90 to 100 percent Black. And in the South, 40 percent of Hispanics go to schools that are 90 to 100 percent Hispanic. …

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