Tuesday, March 12, 2013

School ‘resegregation’ cited in study - The Washington Post

School ‘resegregation’ cited in study - The Washington Post: Latino students, the largest minority group in Northern Virginia, are attending increasingly segregated schools, according to a report released Tuesday that examines enrollment patterns across the state over the past two decades.

Nearly four out of five Latino students were enrolled in predominantly minority schools in 2010, according to the analysis by the Civil Rights Project, based at the University of California Los Angeles. About 7 percent of those students went to schools where fewer than 10 percent of students were white and a large majority of students came from poverty.

“When we look at school enrollment today, it’s no longer a black and white story; it’s a very multiracial one,” said Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and lead author of the report. “But alongside that growing diversity, there are also persistent patterns of segregation.”
The analysis is the first in a series of 12 reports examining school segregation in Northeastern and mid-Atlantic states more than 50 years after Brown v. Board of Education made school segregation illegal.