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Jerry P. Becker

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[ME] A new divide between black and white
Posted: Jun 26, 1999 4:19 PM
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Newsweek, New York, June 21, 1999, p. 64

A new divide between black and white


American classrooms are rapidly moving toward new era of racial
segregation, according to a major study released this week by The Civil
Rights Project at Harvard. The Harvard researchers, who analyzed data from
the National Center for Education Statistics, found that schools in the
South were resegregating the most rapidly. The percentage of black students
in mostly white schools in that region fell from a high of 43.5 percent in
1988 to 34.7percent in 1996.

Latinos are soon expeed to become the largest minority in the country; they
also attend the most segregated schools. In the 1996-97 academic
year74.8percent of Latinos were in schools that were more than 50 percent
minority, compared with 64.3 percent in 1968-69. More than a third were in
schools where the minority population is more than 90 percent. Whites, too,
are racially isolated.
In 199697, the average white student was in a school that was 81 percent

Students in mostly minority schools were much more likely to be poor than
students in mostly white schools. That's important because there's a strong
correlation between poverty and low achievement and it could mean more bad
news in the future for already beleaguered inner-city schools.

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618)453-4244
Phone: (618)453-4241 (office)

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