Schools in the United States are becoming increasingly segregated based on students’ race and economic status, according to a study released by Gary Orfield of the Civil Rights Project. While some of these developments are due to population shifts caused by immigration trends, segregation is a historic, continual problem in the U.S. education system.
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Within the next decade, white student enrollment will be less than 50 percent, while Latino enrollment will soar to more than 9.9 million students nationwide, an increase of 9 percent since 1988. Today, 44 percent of U.S. students are people of color.
Percentage of students from low-income households among all white students enrolled in the U.S. public school system in 2006-07.
Percentage of students from low-income households among all African-American students enrolled in the U.S. public school system in 2006-07.
Number of white students who attend schools where nine-tenths or more of the students are poor—just 1.5 percent.
Percentage of people of color among teachers currently working in U.S. public schools.
Source: “Reviving the Goal of an Integrated Society: A 21st Century Challenge” (The Civil Rights Project, January 2009).