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Report: West Virginia has least-segregated schools in the U.S., New York has most

Large portion of America's schools self-segregated in decades since Brown v. Board of Education
By Matt Bradwell   |   May 15, 2014 at 6:22 PM
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LOS ANGELES, May 15 (UPI) -- U.S. schools are becoming increasingly segregated, this according to a report by the UCLA Civil Rights Project. The report, which was published just two days before to the 16th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, says although segregation has improved in some areas, many areas have gotten worse, especially compared to twenty years ago.

Most of the segregation is concentrated in large metropolitan areas and their surrounding suburbs, with a trend increasing toward Northeastern metros. Over half of black students in New York, Maryland, Michigan and Illinois are enrolled in schools with a 90 percent or higher minority student body.

"Segregation is by far the most serious in the central cities of the largest metropolitan areas," the report says, "but it is also severe in central cities of all sizes and suburbs of the largest metro areas, which are now half nonwhite."

At the height of enforced integration, 44 percent of black students in the South attended mostly white schools, but in 2011 only 23 percent did.

Desegregation progress was very substantial for blacks, and occurred in the South from the mid- 1960s to the late l980s. Contrary to many claims, the South has not gone back to the level of segregation before Brown. It has lost all of the additional progress made after l967 but is still the least segregated region for black students.

The full report can be downloaded from UCLA's website.

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