LA’s Schools Are Segregated. LAUSD Says There’s Only So Much They Can Do

The research is increasingly clear: children of all races learn better in racially-integrated schools. Yet in the Los Angeles Unified School District, more than half of the students — around 289,000 kids — attend a school that’s more than 90 percent black and Latino.

Maybe that’s not a shock in a district in which white children make up less than one-tenth of the student body — and Latino kids make up nearly three-quarters of it. Still, an outsized share of California’s most racially-isolated schools are found in LAUSD.

“Segregation exists in our community,” new LAUSD superintendent Austin Beutner told KPCC shortly after he was named to the top job in May.

The question is what, if anything, Beutner or the district can do about it.

School segregation is an issue driven by complex societal factors, some of them extending well beyond the schoolhouse door. For instance, research confirms white parents still want to live near predominantly-white schools and Census data shows most Latino kids still live in overwhelmingly Latino neighborhoods.

Sheneka Williams, an associate professor at the University of Georgia, lays out the tension:

“Most parents want an integrated education for their child along race, class and culture lines,” she said. “But they don’t tend to live in areas that look that way. If you don’t live in areas that look that way, your schools won’t look that way.”    Click link to read more:


By Kyle Stokes, July 3, 2018, Source: