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Are “intensely segregated” schools becoming more common in Florida?

We live in a state which is growing in diversity. One would hope schools in the state would embrace this diversity and that all students in Florida, whatever their race and background, would be able to enjoy a high-quality education environment. Unfortunately though, concerning race-related issues can sometimes come up in connection to schools.

One such issue is discrimination. A student can be greatly harmed when they are subjected to racial discrimination at school. There are, thankfully, measures parents can take in response when they suspect that their child has been discriminated against at school based on their race. However, parents can sometimes encounter difficulties when pursuing such measures. Education attorneys can give parents guidance on what they can do when such challenges arise to help further their goals for putting a stop to discrimination.

Another concerning race-related issue that can come up at schools is racial segregation. When schools become heavily segregated, it can raise all sorts of concerns, including concerns related to equal access to education.

A recent study suggests that Florida schools are becoming increasingly racially segregated.

The research was by the LeRoy Collins Institute. The study looked at how common it was for Florida schools to be “intensely segregated.” It defined this as a school’s student body being at least 90 percent nonwhite.

According to the study, the percentage of Florida schools falling under this category of segregation about doubled between the 1994-1995 and 2014-2015 school years. It found that, by the 2014-2015 school year, the number of “intensely segregated” schools had grown to the point of making up one-fifth of the schools in the state.

The study suggests that it is pretty common for black and Hispanic students in the state to attend “intensely segregated” schools. It found that, here in Florida, over a third of black students and nearly a third of Hispanic students were at such a school.

The study also found that poverty levels among students were higher at schools with higher levels of segregation.

What do you think has been causing Florida to see increases in intensely segregated schools? What impacts do you think this trend is having on the education experience of students in the state? In your opinion, what should be done in response to this trend?

Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Florida schools become more segregated, study finds,” Lloyd Dunkelberger, Sept. 28, 2017

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