As the 2016 election season begins, a growing number of Americans are realizing that there’s a whole new generation of parents and students who are taking their kids to school in more diverse ways.
But with this growing number, there’s also a growing awareness that not everyone wants their kids in a school district that is mostly white, suburban, or rural.
As more and more schools and districts across the country seek to find ways to make students more inclusive, a new report by the nonprofit Center for Research and Education on Race, Ethnicity, and Education (CORE) and the American Association of School Administrators (AAOSA) paints a portrait of how white, middle-class, and suburban districts are grappling with the issues they face.
The report, titled “Schools that Are Not Where You Live: Where You Work, Where You Go, and Why,” shows that many of the more than 10 million schools in the U.S. are racially segregated and underrepresented in the country’s schools, but that a significant portion of the schools in these predominantly white, white suburban districts aren’t even visible to the public.
In this segment of the podcast, the Center for Racial Justice (CJR) discusses how many of these districts are failing students of color, and what’s behind the trend of white, high-achieving, suburban districts in school districts that aren’t necessarily visible to people of color.
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