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On the Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, Segregation Is Still Standard

Sixty-four years after the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education ruling, which declared segregated public schools unconstitutional, educational institutions in the United States are still very divided by race, with over one-third of Black and Latino students attending schools that are over 90 percent non-white. And more than a third of white students attend schools that are almost 100 percent white, according to a recent report.

By multiple measures, public schools are even more segregated today than they were in the 1970s, according to the findings published by The Century Foundation. And current policy could be making the problem worse. Some education advocates point to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' decision to cancel an Obama administration program designed to help desegregate schools as an example of a step backward. Known as Opening Doors, Expanding Opportunity, the program offered $12 million in grants issued to school districts seeking to develop local strategies to increase diversity in schools. DeVos cut the program because it was focused on planning instead of "implementation," The Washington Post reported.


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