1,000 US school districts segregate by race and income according to recent study

A recent study shows that almost 1,000 U.S. school public districts tend to segregate the white and wealthy from Latino and black with financial difficulties in student communities. This cause the issue to be brought into the light on how grave the dividing of the racial and economic condition behind the closed doors of education provisions.

The fiscal implication was highlighted from EdBuild’s latest report regarding the inequality. The nonprofit education-focused CEO, Rebecca Sibilia, stated this:

“What we take away here is the whiter a community is on one side of the border, or the more nonwhite a community is on the other side of the border, the bigger the difference is in funding for the more disadvantaged.”

A school district’s border dictates who goes to school in that district, but it couldn’t be simply done like that. School funding comes from the local taxes which largely determine on which kids have access for the resources. 

This leads to having high-poverty factions to be in limited education opportunities in comparison from the privileged classes. The ground starts to shift when the majority-minority districts are inclined to have less white students than non-white study communities regardless of how the country currently faces the population projection of “minority white” set in 2045.

Segregation in a more critical state in contrast to the other local areas

The report said that approximately 9 million students in America live in neighborhoods where there are more whites in the school district. While in the white study communities, a child enrolled in these privileged environments tends to have three of its neighbors to be in lower-funded schools serving far more nonwhite students.

The evident segregation in some parts of the country shows to be in a more critical state in contrast to the other local areas. For instance, two-thirds or around twenty-five (25) percent of total students in Philadelphia’s thirteen (13) school districts are whites which tend to have ten (10) percent more financial backing than other schools in the city. This results in an average figure of five thousand U.S. dollars ($5,000) per schoolkid funding.

As EdBuild CEO Sibilia pointed out:

“The very fractured nature of our school system, combined with the federal government’s inability to step in to equalize things for kids, is putting so much power and weight on this school district border that the border itself is what’s fundamentally preventing kids from accessing opportunity that’s across the street.”

Equal education footing 

On July 20th to 24th, the 110th annual convention of NAACP’s was held in Detroit, Michigan. With ten (10) presidential candidates seated and took turns for a one-on-one interview, the school segregation issue was scarcely brought into the open regardless of the opening remarks from Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, as he said: 

“For far too long, zip code and skin color have determined a child’s education… The sad fact is that the schools doing the worst job preparing students for success are generally in African-American and Latino neighborhoods.” 

Budgets are inherently linked to property taxes which lead to having greater accessibility and utility in wealthier communities. While schools in non-white factions tend to obstruct the economic state as well as high rates in crime and drug abuse. 

In spite of that, Sibilia stated that EdBuild’s research reveals that states have enough capability to solve the upending issue to “increase the equality”:

“If states aren’t willing to take on integration for whatever reason, the least they can do is take on the unequal part. You can reduce the reliance on local funding, increase the equality in state funding.”