BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A new study says the splintering of the
Jefferson County school system into smaller city districts is renewing school segregation.
An article published in a journal of the American Bar Foundation uses Jefferson County as the case study in how the creation of new city school districts has "accelerated population sorting by race and class."
The author is Erica Frankenberg, research and policy director of the Initiative on School Integration of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA.
She used Census, educational and other data to show that, despite long-standing court orders to integrate schools, segregation hasn't gone away since the 1960s.
For instance 11 Jefferson County school systems have broken away
from the county system, starting with Birmingham's in 1885.
The study says the result is communities have grown increasingly
disparate in terms of income and racial makeup.
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