Yes, America’s schools are still segregated

Lindsay Bennet | Salon

hen it was reported that Mississippi Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R) attended and sent her daughter to segregated schools, an issue was back in the news that many Americans believe had been addressed in the civil rights era.

But Hyde-Smith’s experience is far from uncommon. Nearly 65 years after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling, schools across the US are quietly being resegregated — and many were never fully desegregated to start with.

According to a report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), much higher percentages of students of color attend high-poverty schools compared to white students — and experts agree that it is only getting worse.

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