According to a report released by UCLA’s Civil Rights Project, New York is home to the most segregated public school system in the nation.
Evidence as outlined in the report, “New York State’s Extreme School Segregation: Inequality, Inaction and a Damaged Future,” shows that public school students in the state are increasingly isolated by race and class.
The study explores trends in enrollment and school segregation patterns from 1989 to 2010 at the state and regional levels, including the New York City metropolitan areas of Long Island and the New York City District, and the upstate metropolitan areas of Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse.
The report also documents the history of school desegregation in the state and across its geographic regions, including key desegregation cases and remedies in Yonkers, Rochester, and Buffalo.
The report highlights both historical and current practices taking place in the state that perpetuate racial imbalance and educational inequities.
Schools suffering the most from educational segregation were located in areas with a higher concentration of poverty.
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