Manipulating School District Boundaries Has Increased Racial Segregation


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A new study published by the American Educational Research Association shows that since 2000, school district secessions in the South have increasingly sorted White and Black students weakening the potential to improve school racial integration. From 2000 to 2017, 47 school districts in the United States successfully seceded from a larger school district. These secessions have occurred in 13 counties across the U.S., seven of which are in the South. During this time period, 18 new school districts formed in these seven counties in the South. In the counties studied by the authors, the proporti...