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  1. In 1991, the Oklahoma City v. Dowell case ended a federal order to desegregate Oklahoma schools. This case led to numerous court cases that have diminished desegregation efforts across the country.
  2. 80% of Latino students and 74% of black students attend schools that are “majority nonwhite,” meaning that 50 to 100% of the students are minorities.
  3. The percentage of black students attending majority white schools has been in decline since 1988, and it is now at its lowest point in almost half a century. Sign up for Little Rock Nine Text to learn more about the sacrifices made during the Civil Rights Movement to ensure that everyone has access to equal education.
  4. The average white student attends a school that is nearly 75% white, but only 1/8 Latino and 1/12 black.
  5. The average black and Latino students now attend schools where ⅔ of the children are from low-income families. In the early 1990s, such students went to schools where about 1/3 of the children were from low-income families.

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  1. White families are often in a financial position to be able to move to school districts with better educational opportunities and resources. Black students, however, often live in impoverished areas and attend schools of lower quality.
  2. There is a rise in the amount of “apartheid schools”- schools in which students of color make up 99% of the population. In 2003, 1/6 of all black students were educated in “apartheid schools.” Many of these districts are underfunded and understaffed.
  3. The achievement gap between minority and white students continues to widen. Minority high schoolers are performing at academic levels equal to or below those of three decades ago.
  4. Southern California schools with majority black and Latino student populations are less likely to have qualified teaching staffs, rigorous mathematical curricula, students graduating on time, and students attending postsecondary institutions.
  5. Chicago, New York, Detroit, Boston, St. Louis, and Pittsburgh are the metropolitan areas where black-white student dissimilarities are the most pronounced.
  6. In 2014, a Georgia school district held its first racially integrated prom. Yes, in 2014.


  • 1

    Mullins, Dexter. "Six Decades after Brown Ruling, US Schools Still Segregated." Al Jazeera America. September 25, 2013.

  • 2

    C, Kristina. "10 Reasons Segregation in Schools Still Exists." Care2. September 25, 2012. http://www.care2.com/causes/10-reasons-segregation-still-exists-in-u-s-schools.html.

  • 3

    Millhiser, Ian. "American Schools Are More Segregated Now Than They Were In 1968, And The Supreme Court Doesn’t Care." ThinkProgress. August 13, 2015. http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/08/13/3690012/american-schools-are-more-segregated-now-then-they-were-in-1968-and-the-supreme-court-doesnt-care/.

  • 4

    Breslow, Jason. "The Return of School Segregation in Eight Charts." PBS. July 15, 2014. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/the-return-of-school-segregation-in-eight-charts/.

  • 5

    C, Kristina. "10 Reasons Segregation in Schools Still Exists." Care2. September 25, 2012.

  • 6

    Hawkes, Lauren. "Racial Segregation in Schools Still Exists." ACLU. September 21, 2015. http://www.acluohio.org/blog-posts/racial-segregation-in-schools-still-exists.

  • 7

    Mcelwee, Sean. "Beyond Ferguson: 5 Glaring Signs That We’re Not Living in a Post-racial Society." Salon. August 24, 2014.http://www.salon.com/2014/08/24/beyond_ferguson_5_glaring_signs_that_were_not_living_in_a_post_racial_society/.

  • 8

    “American Schools Still Heavily Segregated By Race, Income: Civil Rights Project Report.” Huffington Post Education. September 20, 2012. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/20/american-schools-still-he_n_1901583.html

  • 9

    Orfield, Gary, Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, and John Kucsera. "Divided We Fail: Segregated and Unequal Schools in the Southland." Civil Rights Project, UCLA. March 18, 2011. http://civilrightsproject.ucla.edu/research/metro-and-regional-inequalities/lasanti-project-los-angeles-san-diego-tijuana/divided-we-fail-segregated-and-unequal-schools-in-the-southfield.

  • 10

    C, Kristina. "10 Reasons Segregation in Schools Still Exists." Care2. September 25, 2012.

  • 11

    Klein, Rebecca. “School District Holds First Official Integrated Prom (And Yes, You Are Reading This In 2014)” Huffington Post Black Voices. April 4, 2014. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/02/wilcox-integrated-prom-2014_n_5072414.html

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