White Families With Children Are Major Contributors to School Segregation

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, April 3, 2017

A new study by sociologists at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles finds that White families with children tended to seek out neighborhoods where their children would attend public school that are predominantly White. Researchers examined Census data from 100 metropolitan areas in 2000 and 2010.

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The study reports that only 9 percent of the students in the Los Angeles Unified School District are White. But the average White child in Los Angeles lived in a neighborhood that was 46 percent White.

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The study, “Racial Residential Segregation of School-Age Children and Adults: The Role of Schooling as a Segregating Force,” was published in the Journal of Social Sciences of the Russell Sage Foundation. It may be downloaded by clicking here.

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