SPLC, with contributions by Amy Stuart Wells, professor at Teachers College at Columbia University, explores the roots and implications of today's educational segregation including the waning popularity of cross-district busing, the 2007 Supreme Court decisions in Parents Involved v. Seattle School District and Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education, and high ratios of school districts to communities.
"Today, one-third of black students attend school in places where the black population is more than 90 percent. A little less than half of white students attend schools that are more than 90 percent white. One-third of all black and Latino students attend high-poverty schools (where more than 75 percent of students receive free or reduced lunch); only 4 percent of white children do."
"Students in these intensely segregated environments are far less likely to graduate or go to college...[Erica] Frankenberg [of the Civil Rights Project] says it's time for the entire county to realize that this is a crisis for each of us."
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