Over the last 25 years, the number of children in U.S. public schools with students of other races has doubled, the Washington Post found, and is indicative of the country’s shifting demographics to more people of color, especially Spanish speakers.
However, Black students are more likely than any other race to be in highly segregated school districts.
The Post analyzed all of the nation’s 13,184 traditional public school districts. Not included are about 5.8 million children who attend private or religious schools, 3 million in public charter schools and those not enrolled in school.
In 2017, 10.8 million children attended highly integrated public schools, up from 5.9 million in 1995, an 83 percent increase. According to the Post’s analysis, it’s because diversity is increasing outside of major cities as Latinos move into smaller towns and the suburbs of major cities that used to be majority white.
The smaller cities are more likely to have schools that reflect the new diversity of their communities than the big cities. Major metropolises have long had diverse populations and yet have schools that are very segregated.
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Segregation in parts of the U.S. have increased slightly, the Post found. Out of 46.4 million public school students, about 5.8 million attended schools that were not integrated in 2017.
The Post used Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado, as an example. Twenty-five years ago, the valley’s school district was 12 percent Latino. Now, Latinos represent more than half of all kids.
This trend will likely continue all over the U.S. Next year, the Census Bureau predicts, whites will no longer constitute a majority of American children.