Will America's Schools Ever Be Desegregated?

You may have heard that school segregation can't be changed until our neighborhood patterns of segregation are change. Learn about how efforts like magnet schools in Hartford, "controlled choice" in Champaign, Illinois, and the simple persistence of the city of Louisville, Kentucky has pushed desegregation in school despite intransigent housing patterns.

The piece also serves as a sober reminder that sometimes segregated schooling can actually lead to segregated schooling, as one study showed that the largest national increases in neighborhood segregation by income between 1990-2010 were "caused almost entirely by families with children, those seeking 'good' school districts.

Perhaps more importantly, the article gives hope, if we have the political will: "Popular dissent over desegregation, it turns out, doesn't last forever. If changes look inevitable—and can't be easily escaped by moving to the next town over or enrolling in a different school—parents generally come to accept them. This is what happened in Louisville: resistance gave way to acceptance and even vocal support."