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Have America's K-12 schools become more racially segregated since the 1980s?

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Per a 2019 report by the UCLA Civil Rights Project, "the share of intensely segregated white schools, that is, schools that enroll 90-100% white students, has declined from 38.9% in 1988 to 16% in 2016." In plain language, this means "white" schools have become more racially integrated. Yet, a number of media outlets and politicians have cited the same report to claim that that America's schools are becoming more racially segregated. This is based on the report's finding that "the share of intensely segregated minority schools" has increased from 6% in 1988 to 18% in 2016. However, the report explains that this is due to "an enormous increase in the Latino population," which has been driven by immigration. Thus, both "white" and "non-white" schools are becoming less white, but the decrease in predominantly white schools is 11 percentage points greater than the increase in predominantly minority schools.

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