Thursday, August 30, 2007

Racial makeup of schools

A new report out today from the Pew Hispanic Center finds two seemingly contradictory trends in the racial integration of the nation's public schools. First, white students became less isolated from minority students over the past dozen years. At the same time, black and Hispanic students became slightly more isolated from white students.

It stems from a 55 percent increase in the number of Hispanic students in the United States.

In 1993-94, a third of white students attended a school with a minority population of less than 5 percent. By 2005-06, that number fell to 21 percent.

Over the same period, the number of Hispanic students attending a mostly minority school grew from 25 to 29 percent, and the figure for black students increased from 28 to 31 percent.

Alabama saw the same trends. The number of white students attending all white schools dropped from 22 to 16 percent. The number of Hispanic students attending a mostly minority school jumped from 1 to 6 percent, and for black students int jumped from 33 to 40 percent.

In Calhoun County, Anniston High School is the only mostly minority school, with 2.4 percent white students.

For a look at the whole report, go here.

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