UCLA Ed & IS Magazine: America’s Segregated Schools 65 Years after Brown

UCLA Civil Rights Project research details increasing segregation in a transformed school population.

As the nation marks the 65th anniversary of the land­mark Brown v. Board of Education ruling declaring segregation in public schools unconstitutional, the UCLA Civil Rights Project has published new research detailing school segregation in the nation’s schools amid a rapidly changing student population.

Since 1988, the share of intensely segregated minority schools —schools that enroll 90–100 percent non-white students—has more than tripled from 5.7 percent in 1988 to 18.2 percent in 2016.

The report details the transformation of the nation’s public school enrollment from primarily a two-race white and black school population, to one that is truly multiracial, reshaped by a surging Latino population and the emergence of a significant population of Asian students. Despite increased diversity in the U.S. popu­lation, the new research finds the segregation of Black students expanding and intensifying across the nation.

To read highlights from the Civil Rights Project report on school segregation today, visit this link.