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Compared to 1988, are white students today more or less likely to attend school with students of color?

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A 2019 study by the UCLA Civil Rights Project found that "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." This means that white schools have become much more integrated, and white students today are far more likely to attend school with students of color. However, the UCLA Civil Rights Project buried this finding 21 pages deep in this study and published an overview that conveys the opposite impression. Thus, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Politico, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, and others have cited this study to claim that America's schools have grown increasingly segregated since the 1990s.

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