Map Highlights Segregation of Largest US Public School System

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Map Highlights Segregation of Largest US Public School System

Two maps from FindTheBest clearly show the racial disparity resulting from New York City's segregated public school system.

Published May 30, 2014

A number of recent studies have revealed an alarming trend of racially segregated schooling in certain parts of the country, particularly the South and the Northeast. 

While the implications of this disparity are wide-ranging, two simple maps from the research engine FindTheBest have concisely summed up the destructive effect this disconnection has on New York City and its public school students: minority students typically attend some of the lowest-performing schools. 

This comes as no surprise, given that a recent report from UCLA’s Civil Rights Project found that New York state had the highest concentration in intensely segregated public schools in 2009. As “home to the largest and one of the most segregated public school system in the nation,” New York City heavily impacted the state’s ranking. 

"For New York to have a favorable multi-racial future both socially and economically, it is absolutely urgent that its leaders and citizens understand both the values of diversity and the harms of inequality,” wrote the report’s authors. 

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Written by Patrice Peck


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