Thursday, July 19, 2001

Schools swing back to segregation

Study says Cleveland worse than before '76

The Associated Press

        CLEVELAND — Schools in cities such as Cleveland are more segregated now than they were when court-ordered integration efforts began in the United States more than 25 years ago, a new study shows.

        The Harvard University study is based on data from the National Center of Education Statistics for the 1998-99 school year, the latest data available.

        The study found that 70 percent of black students nationally and more than one-third of Hispanic students attended predominantly minority schools during that school year.

        One big reason for resegregation: The U.S. Supreme Court's 1974 ban on desegregation across city-suburban boundaries left central city schools overwhelmingly nonwhite, overwhelmingly poor and overwhelmingly segregated.

        “Cleveland is a classic case of a place that had to go through a desegregation experience that was very difficult and often counterproductive because the city and suburbs were so separate,” said Gary Orfield, the lead researcher on the project.


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