This past Friday, the North Carolina Justice Center released a new study that examined racial segregation in schools across our states.
The report examined the trends in school segregation in North Carolina over the past 10 years and concluded that;
- The number of racially and economically isolated schools has increased
- Districts’ racial distribution is mixed, but economic segregation is on the rise
- Large school districts could be doing much more to integrate their schools
- School district boundaries are still used to maintain segregated school systems
- Charter schools tend to exacerbate segregation
The report also indicates that while the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system used to have a rather successful racially integrated system, the 2001 decision by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to declare Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s racial integration plan illegal has since created significant resegregation.
According to the report, Mecklenburg County is now the #1 most segregated school district in the state of North Carolina;
You can read the entire report here.
What are your thoughts on racial segregation in our schools?
What steps do you think should be taken to improve CMS?