New York Schools Are the Most Racially Segregated in the Nation

Most Black and Latino students attend schools with no white classmates, a study finds.

Posted: 03/27/2014 10:34 AM EDT
New York Schools Are the Most Racially Segregated in the Nation

Schools in New York are more racially segregated than schools in any other state in the nation, according to a report released by the Civil Rights Project at University of California Los Angeles. Most Black and Latino students do not attend a school with a white classmate.

The average Black student attended a school where 17.7 percent of kids are white, the report found. In New York state, half of public school students are white. In New York City, 85 percent of the school system is made of students of color. Magnet schools in the city, however, had the most diversity.

The New York Daily News reports:

The paper’s authors studied enrollment trends from 1989 to 2010. They found that black and Hispanic students who attended segregated schools with a large proportion of needy kids performed worse than kids who attended schools with more racial and economic diversity.

Parents and educators called the widespread segregation an embarrassment.

Every child does not have access to an equal education. It’s scary. “Segregation is alive and well in New York City,” said Mona Davids, president of the New York City Parents Union. “Every child does not have access to an equal education. It’s scary.”

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