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06-28-2012, 01:17 PM
From WBEZ (http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/greater-segregation-regions-black-latino-students-100452) by Linda Lutton and Becky Vevea:

For white students in suburban Chicago, school has become a much more diverse place in the last 20 years. But the region has seen a jump during that time in the number of highly segregated black and Latino schools, a new WBEZ analysis shows.

Half of all African American students in the region still go to school in what sociologists would consider “extreme segregation, " in schools where 90 percent or more of students are African American. Twenty-two percent of all Latino public school students in the eight-county region go to highly segregated schools, a proportion that is growing in the city and the suburbs.

WBEZ compared school demographics from 20 years ago and today for our series Race: Out Loud. We examined schools in Chicago, suburban Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties.

“There were a lot of opportunities for integration and making progress, and nothing much was done,” says Gary Orfield, a lead researcher nationally on school segregation and a proponent of racial integration.

He says school desegregation is no longer a priority in education.

“We just test more and we put more pressure on the schools that are segregated and everything will be fine. It’s a lie.”
Chicago sees resegregation

WBEZ’s analysis shows a stark resegregation of the city’s schools:

►The number of Chicago public schools that are 90 percent or more black has increased in the last 20 years, from 276 to 287. That’s despite a 57,000-student drop in black enrollment in the district.

►71.0 percent of all CPS black students go to extremely racially isolated schools or more black. In 20 years, that figure has inched down only negligibly, from 73.4 percent.

►The number of racially isolated Hispanic schools is up, from 26 to 84. Thirty-nine percent of all CPS Hispanic students go to extremely racially isolated schools. This is up from 20 years ago, when 17 percent of Hispanics went to such schools.

►White students have become more concentrated. There are now seven schools that are at least 70 percent white; 20 years ago there were none.

►The number of “integrated” schools--schools where no one race makes up more than 50 percent of the student body--has taken a nosedive, from 106 schools in 1990 to 66 schools today. “No majority” schools used to make up 17.5 percent of all city schools. Today the proportion is just 9.8 percent.

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