Segregation Increasing in Public Schools

Posted by Government Accountability Office on June 20, 2016

The percentage of U.S. public schools with mostly low-income and minority students grew dramatically over the past decade, according to an analysis of Department of Education data by the Government Accountability Office. Better Use of Information Could Help Agencies Identify Disparities and Address Racial Discrimination finds that the percentage of schools with “racial or socio-economic isolation” — where at least 75 percent of students are of the same race or class — grew from 9 to 16 percent from 2000-01 to 2013-14. The report, requested by Congress on the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, recommends that the Departments of Education and Justice track civil rights and segregation data much more closely.

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