Southern Schools Have ‘Lost All Progress’ Made After 1967

Source: Rebecca Klein  / The Huffington Post

While many of the major gains in the South since the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education have been reversed in recent years, a new report says that, at the very least, things are not as bad as they were before the court ruled to desegregate U.S. schools.

“Contrary to many claims, the South has not gone back to the level of segregation before Brown. It has lost all of the additional progress made after l967 but is still the least segregated region for black students,” says the report, released Thursday by researchers at UCLA’s Civil Rights Project.

Published just days before the 60th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling, the report, titled “Brown at 60: Great Progress, a Long Retreat and an Uncertain Future,” takes a look at schools’ demographics since the days when theNational Guard had to be brought in to ensure that black and white students could learn together safely. While the report says that Brown -– and subsequent court decisions on desegregation — were initially successful, especially in the South, schools have become increasingly re-segregated since the 1990s.

The report examines the current state of school diversity by geographic region. In the Northeast, schools are more intensely segregated for black students -– meaning that in some cases they comprise 90 to 100 percent of a school’s population — than they were before 1968. In the South, West, Midwest and Border states, however, schools are significantly less segregated than they were in the 1960s, but more segregated than they were in the late ’80s and early ’90s.

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