March 1, 2019
The landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision is now 65 years old. Discrimination in public education, however, is not yet a thing of the past.
According to this NPR article, predominantly white school districts receive $23 billion more in funding than predominantly minority districts. And this is happening in states such as California, New York and New Jersey.
Other tidbits of note:
– For every student enrolled, the average nonwhite school district receives $2,226 less than a white school district.
– High-poverty districts serving mostly students of color receive about $1,600 less per student than the national average, whereas school districts that are predominately white and poor receive about $130 less.
– More than half of students in the U.S. go to segregated or “racially concentrated” schools (schools in which more than three-quarters of students are white, or more than three-quarters are nonwhite).
I’m not sure what the solution is, but the problem is pretty clear.