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Research Report: New Orleans Schools Remain as Segregated as Before Hurricane Katrina

This study underscores the persistence of segregation of all forms. I believe it can only be addressed by appealing to our higher angels

Diane Ravitch's blog

The Education Research Alliance for New Orleans issued a report today:

Study: New Orleans schools remain as segregated as before Katrina

New Orleans – A new study from the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans at Tulane University examines how the post-Katrina school reforms affected segregation in New Orleans publicly funded schools. Researchers analyzed changes in segregation across a number of student demographics, including race, income, special education participation, English Language Learner status, and achievement.

New Orleans schools were highly segregated prior to the reforms, especially in terms of race and income, and the study finds that segregation levels remain high post-Katrina. The authors find little evidence that the reforms affected segregation for elementary school students, but most groups of high school students they examined were affected.

The authors, Lindsay Bell Weixler, Nathan Barrett, Douglas Harris, and Jennifer Jennings, also find no consistent trends in racial segregation, as some student…

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