Study: The more liberal the state, the more segregated the schools

Study: The more liberal the state, the more segregated the schools

[Ed. – Finalist for today’s prestigious Go Figure Award.]

The state with the most segregated public schools is New York.

Other states with exceptionally segregated schools include California, Illinois and Michigan.

These findings come from a longitudinal study of enrollment figures conducted by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California at Los Angeles, The Associated Press reports. The period studied was 1998 through 2010. …

Researchers determined the level of segregation by measuring the exposure of students at a school to students from racial groups different from their own.

In the entire state of New York, approximately half the public school students are white. However, during the 2009-2010 academic year, a typical black kid in the Empire State attended a school where just 17.7 percent of the students were white.

In Illinois, the exposure number for black kids was 18.8 percent. In California, it was 18.9 percent. …

“In the 30 years I have been researching schools, New York state has consistently been one of the most segregated states in the nation. No Southern state comes close to New York,” Gary Orfield, co-director of the Civil Rights Project and an author of the report, told the AP.

In fact, no Southern state is in the top four.


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