Segregation in schools has undoubtedly become so obvious and worrying as figures show that white flights in schools has regrettably resurfaced in the American society.
White flight and segregation in educational institutions is without doubts seen as black and white students rarely learn together in the same classrooms.
According to new acting U.S. Secretary of Education, John King, “Schools that are integrated better reflect our values as a country.”
School integration has been as a result of court-ordered dissolution of school desegregation in the 1980s and 1990s.
In the 80s, the average black student in a U.S. public school had 27 percent of white schoolmates as against the 36 percent of white schoolmates according to the 2012 exposure index.
The exposure index shows that schools with high minority populations continue to receive fewer resources and provided an educational standard that’s inferior to schools with large white populations.
Additionally, high-minority schools have less-qualified teachers and less funding in some states. These factors do not only strengthen white flight and segregation in schools, but also lead to the minority black students graduating High Schools at a lower rate than white students.
The abolitions of white flight some decades ago by Brown v. Board of Education, made segregated schools illegal.
However, according to a new report which appeared on Tuesday in the education policy reform journal Education Next, natural demographic changes are partly to blame for the country’s ongoing school segregation. The paper recognizes that black and white students are still largely segregated.
It is obvious that schools are still largely segregated and this will undoubtedly increase white flight, racism and a complete decline in the integration process in both public and private places in the nearest future.