SAN ANTONIO -- It has been 60 years since the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown versus the Board of Education outlawed segregation in public schools. Six decades later, a new study suggests segregation is back in the classroom, including here in Texas, but for different reasons.
The study was done at UCLA and is called “Brown at 60” because Saturday marks the 60th anniversary of that Supreme Court case.
Jacqueline Orellana, a San Antonio mother, said she takes her two kids out for what they call "fun Thursday” every two weeks.
This week that meant burgers at the park. Orellana told KENS 5 her kids attend school on the south side, for the most part, with other Latinos.
“I don't see any other color in the school, they're all Latinos, they're my color,” Orellana said.
And her assessment appears to be spot-on. A new report from UCLA finds more than half of all Latinos attend schools where at least 90 percent of the students are minorities.
“Those schools tend to be schools of highly concentrated poverty and have a host of different educational disadvantages for those students,” the study’s co-author, Erica Frankenberg, said.
Frankenberg said segregation in the housing market, district boundary lines, and more school choices, such as charter and private schools, translate into less diversity in Texas schools.
Frankenberg said diversity benefits student performance and that her study should concern parents.
“Black and Latino students, we tend to find that highly segregated minority schools have higher dropout rates, they have less experienced and qualified teachers. A really host of issues that are critical for a student’s success,” Frankenberg said.
Frankenberg said a couple of solutions would be to get districts to look at redrawing boundary lines and also more strategic planning when building and closing schools.
The study suggests segregation is seen in suburban schools and not just urban schools.