The Causes And Effects Of Segregation In Public Schools

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“We've come a long way from the days where there was state-enforced segregation. But we still have a way to go.” said Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 1954, Brown v. Board pushed people to integrate schools and provide all students with an equal education, but recent studies show despite the large efforts made to desegregate that public schools are almost just as segregated, and in the same conditions as they were back in 1960. Segregation has once again started to take over public schools all over the nation, and stories and statistics show that racial and residential segregation are just as a big deal as they sound. For example, test score gaps have grown, and the quality of educations at schools that are primarily white, or black, are alarming. From 1971 to 1986, the gap between black and white students scores on a standardized reading test was significantly large. The difference in points on average was about 38 points less than white students. Then, a couple years later in 1988, the gap between the scores was decreased to 18 points, demonstrating that the efforts of desegregation had been working. This was the peak of integration in schools, with 43.5% of black students in what were mainly white schools, and about 35% of white students were in primarily black schools. After this, Americans efforts in desegregating depleted since they believed that schools were integrated enough to satisfy people. Recently, studies have been done showing that once again, black students are
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