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schools Nation's most segregated
weathy left wing New Yorker Democrats congratulate themselves on
their liberal, progressive attitudes, the truth is both ugly and
revealing about the nation's biggest hypocrites. New York state has
the most segregated public schools in the nation, with many black and
Latino students attending schools with virtually no white classmates,
according to a report released Wednesday.
report by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California
at Los Angeles looks at enrollment trends from 1989 to 2010.
New York City, the largest school system in the U.S. with 1.1
million pupils, the study notes that many of the charter schools
created over the last dozen years are among the least diverse of all,
with less than 1 percent white enrollment at 73 percent of charter schools.
create a whole new system that's even worse than what you've got
really takes some effort," said Gary Orfield, co-director of the
Civil Rights Project and an author of the report.
and his fellow researchers say segregation has the effect of
concentrating black and Latino students in schools with high ratios
of poor students compared with the statewide average. Black and
Latino students who attend schools that are integrated by race and
income level perform significantly better than their peers in
segregated schools, the authors note.
the 30 years I have been researching schools, New York state has
consistently been one of the most segregated states in the nation -
no Southern state comes close to New York," Orfield said.
states with highly segregated schools include ultra liberal
Illinois, Michigan and California, according to the Civil Rights Project.
New York, about half of the state's public school students were from
low-income families in 2010, the report says, but the typical black
or Latino student attended a school where close to 70 percent of
classmates were low-income. The typical white student went to a
school where just 30 percent of classmates were low-income.
York City Department of Education spokesman Devon Puglia did not
address the findings of the report, but said, "We believe in
diverse classrooms in which students interact and grow through
personal relationships with those of different backgrounds." The
district is roughly 40 percent Hispanic, 30 percent black, 15 percent
white and 15 percent Asian.
Education Commissioner John King called the findings troubling and
added, "The department has supported over the years various
initiatives aimed at improving school integration and school
socioeconomic integration, but there's clearly a lot of work that
needs to be done - not just in New York but around the country."
report, which used U.S. Department of Education statistics, also
noted increasing segregation in upstate cities including Buffalo,
Rochester and Syracuse.
the Syracuse metropolitan area, the report says, the number of black
students increased by 4 percent between 1989 and 2010, but black
isolation increased dramatically. In 1989 the typical black student
went to a school that was one-third black, but in 2010 the typical
black student went to a school that was nearly half black.
Noguera, a New York University education professor, said it's
disturbing that policy makers have focused so little on racial
integration in recent years.
been talking about reforming schools in New York and elsewhere. This
issue was never addressed," Noguera said.
added, "When you concentrate the neediest kids together in
under-resourced schools they tend not to do very well."
UCLA report recommends that state and local education agencies
develop policies aimed at reducing racial isolation and promoting
report suggests voluntary desegregation programs in upstate cities
like Rochester, where low-income populations are surrounded by more
New York City, Orfield said, a system of unscreened
"choice" schools would foster more diversity than the
current New York City high school choice system, which sees entrance
tests at top schools excluding most black and Latino students.
you just offer choice, the people with the best information will get
into the best schools," he said.