Alana-Rose Davis: Segregation is alive

aAlthough Brown v. Board of Education happened more than 50 years ago, segregation is still an issue, especially in Connecticut.

Connecticut is one of the richest states, and the majority of its residents are white. Though there are still a great number of people of other races in the state, when it comes to schools, it seems as if majority rules.

Connecticut has some of the most segregated schools in the Northeast. Cities such as Hartford still face the issue. Even more shocking? Reluctance to diversify the schools is coming not from parents or students, but from state legislators.

According to the CT Mirror:

State officials last year entered into an agreement promising to add an additional 1,000 seats in magnet schools that enroll a diverse student body from the region, but data show enrollment increased in magnet schools by only 74 students. There has been considerable reluctance among state legislators to fund these expensive programs.

The state has been trying to rectify the problem by creating magnet schools to integrate students.

How is it legal that many schools are predominately white or predominantly black? The answer is that they no longer have to use race as an excuse to separate children of color.

Now they are using the term socioeconomic class. This allows children to go to school with peers of a similar background. This affects the students’ education because where there are better resources, there are bound to be better outcomes. Accordingto fewer enrichment programs available in poor schools and minority students almost under-represented in the classes that are available.

UntitledThe state has found a way to combat the issue of segregation in schools, and they choose a lottery as a  solution. However, I can’t help think about children who have their heart set on a specific program at a school, only to have their fate decided by chance.

According to ThinkProgress:

Only about half of Hartford students get selected. The other half of them have to attend neighborhood schools that vary in quality, but that are mostly segregated.

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