Lia Veley: Lack of success for Connecticut school integration

Segregation-GhostFact: America’s schooling system is segregated. Yes. In the year 2016, 60+ years after the decision in Brown vs. Board of Education, the case that was supposed to end segregation in schools, our nation is still having issues with integrating schools.
In Connecticut, there is a surprisingly large issue of segregation in schools. The case of Sheff v. O’Neill, which began in 1989, showed that schools with a majority of African American students were getting less funding in 1996. Not until 2008 were plans put into action to fix the issue. Their solution was to implement a plan where at least 25 percent of a school’s population should be white. They have failed to reach this mark eight years later. The majority of neighborhood schools are still at only 10 percent of a white population, even with open-choice policies and magnet schools construction.
 
SheffGraphA major factor to this issue of school segregation in Connecticut is that in this state, people of differing cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds rarely share neighborhoods. This means that Connecticut’s efforts to integrate its schools after the Sheff v. O’Neill case will not work as well as they could because of the clear divide in location of white families versus minority families. The issue of segregation in schools in Connecticut is a direct reflection of the separate issue of location segregation based on socioeconomic class which is then linked back to race.
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