Today’s school boundaries in many cities are still linked to a history of housing segregation that goes back to the 1930s, a new study has found.
Why it matters: These boundaries largely determine which schools students will attend, and in many parts of the country they’re reinforcing segregation and inequality, despite years of strides.
Details: The Urban Institute examined over 65,000 school attendance boundaries.
- More than 2,000 pairs of adjacent public school boundaries had vastly different racial compositions on either side, according to the report..
- Many of today’s school attendance boundaries closely track old maps of redlining — a practice explicitly designed to keep Black Americans out of certain neighborhoods, the study found.
The big picture: “It’s unequal, and not just in terms of race. The schools are different. The quality of instruction is different. Kids get expulsions and suspensions more on one side. There are more cops on one side than the other,” said Tomás Monarrez, one of the authors of the report.