Cue "Southern Man":
Report: NY schools are most racially segregated
By KAREN MATTHEWS / Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York state has the most segregated public schools in the nation, with many black and Latino students attending schools with virtually no white classmates, according to a report released Wednesday.
The report by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California at Los Angeles looks at enrollment trends from 1989 to 2010.
Can we have an inflammatory comparison? Yes we can!
"In the 30 years I have been researching schools, New York state has consistently been one of the most segregated states in the nation - no Southern state comes close to New York," Orfield [co-director of the Civil Rights Project and an author of the report] said.
And can we have a statistic of dubious significance? Yes we can!
He and his fellow researchers say segregation has the effect of concentrating black and Latino students in schools with high ratios of poor students compared with the statewide average. Black and Latino students who attend schools that are integrated by race and income level perform significantly better than their peers in segregated schools, the authors note.
So it helps to have a few white and Asian kids around. This is because (a) the paler kids just love to tutor their darker-complected peers, or (b) black and Latino parents who can afford to move to more expensive neighborhoods are likely to be relatively disciplined high-achievers with high-achieving kids. Tough call.
The de facto segregation is a consequence of the housing market, which may be an explanation but is not a justification. Fortunately, California and New York are under the control of progressives so we know this will be solved promptly.