13,000 public school districts
diversity and integration
A district is considered diverse when no one race constitutes more than 75 percent of the school system’s student body overall.
Integration determines how well that diversity is reflected across the individual schools.
a third of all students were in these extremely undiverse districts
in the early 1990s, Supreme Court decisions eased a path out of desegregation orders.
By 2017, Denver ranked among the bottom 2 percent of integrated school districts. That marked a dramatic drop from 1995 — the year the court order was lifted — when it was in the bottom third of integrated districts.
Hispanics grew from 12 percent of students in 1995 to 56 percent in 2017. Racially integrated housing and thoughtful school boundary assignments have produced schools that largely reflect the small district’s growing diversity.
research suggests whites may be more comfortable with diversity as long as they remain the largest group. Once that flips, whites may start to leave.
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