(National Journal) Racial, Socioeconomic Segregation Still Rampant in Schools: Despite a younger generation that’s becoming increasingly diverse, our nation’s schools are still woefully segregated: White students remain concentrated in schools with other whites while blacks and Latinos are often isolated in their own schools, according to a study as reported on by the New York Times. Black or Latino students are twice as likely as white or Asian students to attend schools where its majority are poor children, the study shows.
Black Male Graduation Rate Still Lags Behind Others: The majority of young black men who earned their high school diplomas did so in four years, a major improvement for this racial cohort yet their numbers still lagged behind their white counterparts, according to a report cited by USA Today. The report found that 52 percent of male black students graduated from high school in four years, compared to 58 percent of Hispanic males and 78 percent of white, non-Hispanics.
An analysis by The Washington Post shows the phenomenon both in the suburbs and in the city, from the far reaches of Southern Maryland to the subdivisions of Fairfax, Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.
Last year, for example, one in seven black students in St. Mary’s County were suspended from school, compared with one in 20 white students. In Alexandria, black students were nearly six times as likely to be suspended as their white peers.