Cameron Soltis: Are Connecticut’s schools looking backward?

UntitledSixty years ago, the Supreme Court made a decision in which drastically changed America’s school systems. The court case was Brown v. The Board of Education, which ended segregation within schools. This ruling was a huge stepping-stone in the civil rights movement. The year is now 2016 and just when you think America has come so far, we have fallen back into some old habits. According to the article, charter schools in Connecticut’s largest cities are highly segregated.

The article looks at four major cities in the state, New Haven, Hartford, Bridgeport and Stamford. Schools in theses cities tend to be hyper-segregated, meaning they are predominantly white or predominantly non-white.

UntitledHowever, magnet schools tend to be much more integrated. Is public policy is to blame? The article says that magnet schools acquire additional funding to transport students, as opposed to charter schools, which do not.

According to the Huffington Post, 40,000 Connecticut students attend a regional magnet school. From the article:

In 1987, about 16.4 percent of black students in the state attended schools that were nearly 100 percent minority. Now, about 4.2 percent of black students do.

From another report from the Civil Rights Project:

In 2012-2013, magnet schools in Connecticut enrolled a more balanced number of students from each racial group (e.g., 30.2% whites, 31.4% blacks, 30.5% Latinos, and 4.4% Asians) as compared to non-magnet schools, which enrolled 61.7% whites, 11.6% blacks, 19.5% Latinos, and 4.8% Asians.

Connecticut is the sixteenth most segregated State for African American’s and the twelfth most segregated state when it comes to Hispanics. It seems Connecticut is conflicted. While charter schools tend to retreat back to the old ways of the American education system, magnet schools refuse to look back. Only time will tell if history repeats itself.


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