Wash Po: Mapping the counties where public-school children still remain segregated

A very interesting Mapping project, here. An excerpt:

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned a jarring pair of demographic facts about public schools in America: Their enrollment is growing more diverse than ever — this fall marks the first school year where minorities now make up the majority of students — yet black and Hispanic students often remain segregated at historic levels. The country is growing more diverse, but schools are not. Nationwide public school enrollment is growing more diverse, but classrooms are not.

 

This is a national pattern, but children attend school within a much more local context. And now the Urban Institute has created a useful set of county-level maps of public-school segregation drawn from the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics that helps make this clear. “There’s a national truth that’s important to recognize,” says Margery Austin Turner, a senior vice president at the Urban Institute. “But to really understand what’s going on it, it’s not one national story. It’s a bunch of metropolitan and local-level stories.”

 

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