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ERIC Number: ED498125
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug-30
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
The Changing Racial and Ethnic Composition of U.S. Public Schools
Fry, Richard
Pew Hispanic Center
This report provides the most up-to-date snapshot available of the ethnic and racial composition of the public schools educating the nation's pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students; it also compares this 2005-06 portrait with the same portrait taken in the 1993-94 school year. Levels of racial and ethnic segregation and integration in the public schools are, of course, affected by factors other than the demographic changes in the school population at large. They are affected by the geographic dispersion of racial and ethnic groups; by local residential housing patterns; and by desegregation policies at the school district level. This report however tracks the changes over a 12-year period in the levels of racial and ethnic isolation and exposure in public schools among black, white, Hispanic and Asian students. The report provides detailed tabulations of school enrollment at the state level and finds that in nearly every state white students became more exposed to minority students since 1993-94. In many states Hispanic students and black students have diminished exposure to white students. (Contains 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pew Hispanic Center, Washington, DC.