Have we abandoned the goals of Brown v. Board of Education? | PBS NewsHour: When 17-year-old Jessica Black walks to school, the neighbors she sees mirror her city’s diversity. There are white, Asian, black and interracial families living on her block, which sits at the Northern tip of Washington, D.C. But at Calvin Coolidge High School, where she is a senior this year, the tableau is different.
“I wish my school was a reflection of my neighborhood, and I feel like it should be,” said Black, who is African-American.
Coolidge is what’s known as a “doubly segregated” school, where an overwhelming majority of the students are both minorities and from low-income households.
A new report from UCLA’s Civil Rights Project says the number of doubly segregated schools like Coolidge has grown in the last 25 years. The report, released just days before the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, confirms that schools were at their most diverse in the 1980s, but have since slipped back toward operating as two separate systems: one for low-income black and Latino students and another for more affluent white and Asian students.