Jessie Edelman: We’re still segregated

Screen-Shot-2015-05-03-at-5.35.56-PMConnecticut is one of the most economically segregated states in the nation. Because of this segregation, the state’s schools are divided by both race and socioeconomic status. Look at an example in this article from Trinity College.

In [the city of] Hartford, where 77.3 percent of residents are white, 15 percent are black, 5 percent Asian and 16.6 percent Latino, there is great privilege and school choice within this city, and yet, its learning environments are still scarily segregated by race.

The Trinity article breaks down the races of students in Connecticut schools from the 1968 – 1969 school year and the 2012-2013 school year. The map shows where the minority population has increased from 1968 to 2012, and not only in Hartford County, but across the state, minority populations rose.

One victim of education inequality is not just the school population, but the students in specialized programs. In Connecticut, white students are four times more likely to be a part of specialized programs like AP classes and gifted/talented programs.

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This website has information on Connecticut education inequality such as race population and graduation rates.

These unequal and segregated schools are illegal under the Constitution. In the details of Brown v. Board of Education, the most common issue was that separate school systems for blacks and whites were inherently unequal, and thus violate the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Even though today’s school systems are not segregated by the state, it is taxes that make an impact on where people live, therefore affecting the unequal populations in schools.

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