More than six decades after Brown v. Board of Education, Black and Latinx students across the nation are still disproportionately confined to racially and economically segregated, underfunded schools. Nationwide, two out of five Black and Latinx students attend schools where more than 90 percent of their classmates are non-white, while one in five white students attends a school where more than 90 percent of students are also white.


School segregation and education inequality are not products of nature: they are the result of racist school and housing policies—conscious decisions by lawmakers—combined with individual choices that families make. Through deliberate policies and practices, however, it is possible to counter these trends, and, in the process, build a better education system that gives students access to diverse learning environments, equitable resources, and school cultures that affirm their identities.

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