US schools are more racially segregated than they’ve been in decades. And civil rights advocates are concerned that the Trump administration is embracing policies that will drive resegregation. For instance, Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos eliminated the department’s Opening Doors program, which aimed to encourage voluntary desegregation.
US schools are more racially segregated than they’ve been in decades. Between 2001 and 2014, the number of schools that are more 90 percent low-income students of color more than doubled. Half a century after Jim Crow officially ended, more than one in five students attended racially segregated schools last year in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi, according to a recent report from Loyola University in New Orleans. A 2014 study from the University of California-Los Angeles found that schools in the South are as segregated as they were in 1967.
Since 2000, hundreds of schools have been released from federal desegregation orders, and this has led many Southern communities to redraw attendance boundaries in ways that result in schools that are more racially and economically segregated. After the Tuscaloosa City Schools in Alabama were released from a court order, for example, the city’s large, integrated high school was replaced by three smaller schools — one of which is 99 percent black.
Some school districts that were intentionally segregated after the US Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision against segregated schools are still under court desegregation orders dating back decades. Most of them are in the Deep South.
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