New School Segregation Study Finds Troubling Trends Exist for Latino Student Success

May 17, 2016

While the country, as a whole, likes to believe that we’ve achieved the utopian vision of equality, the sad truth is that inequality persists in all sectors of society. The extent of that inequality is more than evident in the latest research brief published by the Civil Rights Project, BROWN AT 62:SCHOOL SEGREGATION BY RACE, POVERTY AND STATE.

In the brief, researchers found that the American public education system grew from 41.2 million students in 1990 to 49.9 million students in 2013. During that time, the schools began to reflect a significant demographic shift happening in the country. The number of Latino students, which stood at 11 percent in 1990 in public schools, were at 25 percent in 2013. While Black student enrollment remained steady at 15 percent and Asian students saw a modest increase from 3-5 percent, it was the exodus of white students from 69 percent in 1990 to 50 percent in 2013 that signals a troubling alarm.

However, that’s the least of the disappointing trends.

The researchers discovered that for the first time in 20 years, after studying federal data on free lunch eligibility, the proportion of poor students attending public schools has soared. Now, Latino and Black students at predominantly minority-attending schools, are more than likely to have a majority of classmates who fit the low-income label. In other words, these students are hit with double segregation.

Twenty years ago, that wasn’t the case.

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