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Segregation returns to American schools:

Segregation returns to American schools:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Segregation is making a comeback in U.S. schools.

Progress toward integrated classrooms has largely been rolled back since the Supreme Court issued its landmark Brown v. Topeka Board of Education decision 60 years ago, according to a report released Thursday by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. Blacks are now seeing more school segregation than they have in decades, and more than half of Latino students are now attending schools that are majority Latino. In New York, California and Texas, more than half of Latino students are enrolled in schools that are 90 percent minority or more, the report found. In New York, Illinois, Maryland and Michigan, more than half of black students attend schools where 90 percent or more are minority.

Project co-director Gary Orfield, author of the "Brown at 60" report, said the changes are troubling because they show some minority students receive poorer educations than white students and Asian students, who tend to be in middle-class schools. The report urged, among other things, deeper research into housing segregation, which is a "fundamental cause of separate-and-unequal schooling."

Although segregation is more prevalent in central cities of the largest metropolitan areas, it's also in the suburbs. "Neighborhood schools, when we go back to them, as we have, produce middle-class schools for whites and Asians and segregated high-poverty schools for blacks and Latinos," Orfield said. Housing discrimination — stopping or discouraging minorities from moving to majority-white areas — also plays a role in school segregation and "that's been a harder nut to crack," said Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which argued the Brown case in front of the Supreme Court.

School performance can be entwined with poverty, too. "These are the schools that tend to have fewer resources, tend to have teachers with less experience, tend to have people who are teaching outside their area of specialty, and it also denies the opportunities, the contacts and the networking that occur when you're with people from different socio-economic backgrounds," said Dennis Parker, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Racial Justice Program.

Chuck Brothers, a retired social studies and psychology teacher who taught in a low-income school in St. Lucie County, Florida, said the nation trips over how to solve these issues.

"I think we haven't taken the time, and it's across the board, politically and socially, to really understand what we really do want out of education and how are we really going to make it available for everyone," Brothers said.

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{I never thought I would see the day when America was slipping back into segregation of the races. Children especially need to experience being with children of different races from an early age where they can see that a kid is a kid no matter what color he is. Even dogs and cats don't fight if they are raised together. Separate school children by color and social status and you are asking for an America of "them and us" with a built in proclivity toward discrimination and violence.

Education is a huge concern in America at this time and answers have to be found to see that everyone gets a quality education in spite of where they live or what their socio-economic background is. Money will have to be found and spent to bring up the quality of education for all our children. New schools will have to be built and equipped, more teachers trained and answers have to be found for the part that poverty plays in children not getting equality in our education system. Much work has too be done but one thing is for [sign in to see URL] answers are not in returning to the past and accepting unequal education opportunities as the norm. What do you think of the situation?}

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5/16/2014, 2:43 pm Link to this post PM Noserose

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