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ERIC Number: ED535610
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 29
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
The Western States: Profound Diversity but Severe Segregation for Latino Students
Kucsera, John; Flaxman, Greg
Civil Rights Project / Proyecto Derechos Civiles
The U.S. Western region and its public schools are in the midst of its largest racial and economic transformation, as the area witnesses a shrinking white majority, a surging Latino minority, and a growing class of poor. These groups, along with blacks and Asian, more often than not attend very different and segregated schools both in educational opportunity and student body diversity. With its growing diversity potentially exemplifying our nation's future demography, the West is an ideal region to determine how demographic transformation and segregation of our public schools can affect the rest of the nation if social and civil rights policy continues in their stagnant state. According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, as the proportion of white students drops and the percentage of Latinos rises, whites in the Western region are attending more diverse schools than whites across other regions. Yet, the interracial contact between white and Latino students is declining more than ever before, as more and more Latinos attend schools with 10% or fewer white classmates. To exacerbate this growing segregation, and without taking into account the full effect of the recent recession, two out of three students in a typical Latino student's school are poor, often a clear indicator of an impoverished setting that lacks educational opportunities and morale often found in low poverty schools. A similar story emerges for black students in the West, as many attend impoverished schools with mostly Latino peers. In this report, the authors present an in-depth exploration of these Western trends that are merely summarized in the corresponding larger report, "E Pluribus... Separated." Major findings in the West are highlighted. Data Sources and Methodology are appended. (Contains 15 tables and 19 footnotes.) [For the main report, ""E Pluribus"... Separation: Deepening Double Segregation for More Students," see ED535442. For related report, "Southern Slippage: Growing School Segregation in the Most Desegregated Region of the Country," see ED535611.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of California, Los Angeles, Civil Rights Project / Proyecto Derechos Civiles