Study: Public Schools Are Becoming More Racially Segregated

Study: Public Schools Are Becoming More Racially Segregated

Racial segregation in public schools is on the rise, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office released on Tuesday.

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From 2001 to 2014, the number of Black and Latino students enrolled in destitute K-12 public schools increased by 11 percent.

At these schools, STEM courses, advanced placement and college-prep classes, which all prepare students for higher education and lucrative careers, aren’t frequently offered. About 48 percent of high-poverty schools provide AP courses. In contrast, 72 percent of low-poverty schools offer these classes.

"The GAO's report clearly shows that the ability of African-American and Latino students to access a diverse, high-quality public education is declining and that decline is fueled by the increasing privatization of our public schools," Jitu Brown, National Director of Journey for Justice, said in a statement. "This research reflects a sad reality: the color of your skin is more likely to determine whether you have access to a high-quality, well-resourced and diverse public school."

The impact doesn’t stop at one’s quality of education. These segregated, poverty-stricken schools also have higher rates of student discipline. For example, 5 percent of students at low-poverty schools receive out-of-school suspension, while 22 percent of those in high-poverty institutions are suspended more than once.

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For more, read the GAO’s full report