Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Speaking of New Jersey civil rights history,

the Press of Atlantic City examines the segregation of poor minority students into Abbott districts and finds that “[w]hile racial segregation was banned more than a half-century ago, many local schools are still segregated across socioeconomic lines, and those lines often mirror the old racial ones.”

Explains Education Law Center David Sciarra,

A small number of school districts serve very high concentrations of poor students and students of color. By and large, that describes the New Jersey public school system in 1970, and that’s the system we have today.

At Atlantic City High School, according to the Press, less than 8% of kids are white. Eleven miles away in Linwood (Mainland Regional High School) 78% are white.