Good Read: Within integrated schools, de facto segregation persists (Baltimore Sun)

By Andrew Pillow

Much has been made about school segregation. Most of the conversation has been centered around the schools themselves. However recent studies suggest that even within integrated schools, segregation still persists.

Erica L. Green of the Baltimore Sun has written about the phenomena:

"Howard County is the most integrated school district in the region, according to the Maryland Equity Project of the University of Maryland. Children of different races — especially those who are black and white — are more likely to sit next to each other in Howard than almost anywhere else in the state.
But within that diversity, school leaders have uncovered a de facto system of segregation.
Enrollment data obtained by The Baltimore Sun through a public records request shows that the district's advanced classes — honors, gifted and talented, and AP — are disproportionately white, while the regular and remedial classes are disproportionately black."

School segregation has been a hot button issue recently. According to the article that conversation needs to include discussions on classroom diversity as opposed to simply school diversity.

Read more here. (Baltimore Sun)


Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.