Almost 10 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that school districts across America could not place students in schools based on their ethnicity. This ruling outlawed the practice of voluntary race segregation by school districts, which was still a widespread problem prior to the High Court ruling.
However, a new brand of school segregation has taken precedent over segregation based on race after the 2007 High Court ruling. Class segregation is the voluntary action now being taken by school administrators that do not want to integrate poor, urban students into their institutions.
This past Friday (October 14th), The Century Foundation released a report online that gave details about a study the organization conducted, which focused on the problem of class segregation being committed by school districts across America.
“The number of districts and charter schools that use socioeconomic status as a factor in student assignment has grown quickly from two in 1996 to 39 in 2007 to 100 today, according to a report released Friday by the Century Foundation, which has been studying and advocating for socioeconomic integration for decades,” wrote Emma Brown, a national education correspondent for the Washington Post.
Brown also wrote in her recent news article that nine percent of all American school students nationwide are attending schools in these 100 districts that are actively practicing socioeconomic discrimination against poor children in scores of U.S. cities.
The Century Foundation’s online report featured a well-designed infographic, which revealed all 100 of the school districts that have been found to openly resist the integration of poor children into their schools. In all, there are 14,000 public school districts across the U.S.
Finding that only 100 of those school districts are actively practicing class discrimination may not seem like a big number in comparison to the total amount of school districts in America. However, as the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously quoted, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
To find out the 100 school districts in America that are actively practicing class segregation, please click the highlighted link for the source listed below this article.