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Wed Sep 4, 2019, 01:04 PM

Study finds carving up school districts worsens segregation

Source: Associated Press

Study finds carving up school districts worsens segregation

September 4, 2019

PIKE ROAD, Ala. (AP) — Pike Road High School graduates its first senior class this school year, and leaders of this sprawling, semi-rural suburb of Alabama’s capital city extol the young community’s focus on education as one of its defining elements.

“We are extremely proud of where we are,” said Pike Road Mayor Gordon Stone. “We’re competing well in every area that you measure from academics to athletics.”

Pike Road pulled out of the Montgomery County school district in August 2015, leaving the much larger district even more heavily African American than it was before. And Pike Road is not alone. A new study finds that the carving out of new school districts in the South is increasingly dividing white students from their black and Latino peers, reinforcing segregation.

“It can help draw boundaries around white spaces,” said Erica Frankenberg, a Penn State University professor who is one of three authors of the study, published Wednesday in AERA Open , a journal of the American Educational Research Association.

Those who study the creation of new school districts call the exits secession, conscious of the Civil War overtones that has for districts in the South. The issue is particularly important, Frankenberg says, because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1974 that courts couldn’t order desegregation across district lines. That means that while an individual district may be able to find ways to more effectively integrate students, district lines usually pose fatal obstacles to such efforts.


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Wed Sep 4, 2019, 02:00 PM

1. This pairs with the study that RWers lack emotional maturity/empathy

Integrated schools give all students the opportunity to see issues from multiple viewpoints, not just a single race or socio-economic class.

If you've never interacted with "others", how can you ever hope to grow beyond the shadow of your family?

Right-wingers have lower emotional intelligence, study finds


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