Harms of School SEGREGATION
- Since 2000, the number of racially and socioeconomically isolated schools—with 75 percent or more of their students belonging to one race or socioeconomic class—is on the rise, going from 9 percent in 2000 to 16 percent in 2014.
- "The results of this racial isolation and discrimination in schools are striking: only 22 percent of black Americans earns a college degree, as compared to 41 percent of the white population. Compared to white college graduates nationwide, black college graduates are twice as likely to be unemployed."
- There is a large body of literature pointing to the numerous academic and social benefits of school integration. As one researcher argues, “diversity makes us smarter.”
- Across the country, 175 school districts have open desegregation cases. Two segregated school districts in Mississippi were mandated to consolidate by the Mississippi legislature in 2013. The result has been "a rare opportunity to reimagine desegregation" in the hopes that the newly formed district will narrow inequities and close racial gaps in education.
School Integration Policy
- 100 school districts and charter schools have socioeconomic integration plans.