"I Don't Mind A Parasite. I Object To A Cut-Rate One."
Find that hard to believe? Not according to a report by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California at Los Angeles which examined school enrollment trends across the country from 1989 to 2010. Here are their primary findings as reported by the Associated Press:
*”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.”
*”In New York City, the largest school system in the U.S. with 1.1 million pupils, the study notes that many of the charter schools created over the last dozen years are among the least diverse of all, with less than 1 percent white enrollment at 73 percent of charter schools.”
*”The report released Wednesday noted that about half of New York state's public school students were from low-income families in 2010 but the typical black or Latino student attended a school where close to 70 percent of classmates were low-income. The typical white student went to a school where just 30 percent of classmates were low-income.”
*”Other states with highly segregated schools include Illinois, Michigan and California, according to the Civil Rights Project.”
What do New York, Illinois, Michigan and California all have in common? All states were solid “blue” in November 2012, with voters going big for Obama (NY by 28 points; CA by 25 points; IL by 17 points and MI by 10 points). Further, these states are among the leaders in overall tax burden (all are in the top third of states), with NY leading the pack at #1 and CA and IL in the top 11.
Finally, it is worth noting that Illinois is President Obama’s home state; and Michigan is Mitt Romney’s home state.
The AP article goes on to say:
"To create a whole new system (in New York) that's even worse than what you've got really takes some effort," said Gary Orfield, co-director of the Civil Rights Project and an author of the report.”
“(Orfield) 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.”
"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 said.”
“A report on nationwide trends in segregation is planned to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown vs. Board of Education ruling on May 17. The court ruled in that landmark case that establishing separate public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional.”
For the entire article, see:
"...no Southern state comes close..."
So - when one asks why voters in the South keep electing Republicans, a small part of the answer can be found by studying reports like the one cited above. Nearly 60 years after Brown vs. Board of Education, the worst/most segregated schools are UP NORTH AND OUT WEST – in “Blue” States where DEMOCRATS hold sway. We see that once again, states that are among the highest taxers and that throw the most money at issues like education get the worst results.
Surprised? I'm not.
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