A D.C. think tank has published a series of maps that show which counties in America have the most segregated schools.
We first noticed the maps from the Urban Institute on Fusion. They show the racial makeup of public schools by county. It’s clear that individual schools are still largely segregated, even though white students are projected to be in the minority this year for the first time in U.S. history.
As Vox points out, “a more diverse group of public school students isn’t making individual public schools much more diverse.” Rather, many minority students are isolated in certain schools.
Check out the maps:
As the maps show, a greater number of black and Latino kids across the country doesn’t necessarily mean more diversity.
For example, 92% of public school students in southern Texas’ Dimmit County are Latino, and 100% of Latinos in that county are in majority non-white schools. And in Los Angeles County, 96% of black public school students are in majority non-white schools, but black students only make up 8% of students in that county overall.
And in most areas of the country, most white students attend majority white schools.
TIME notes that school segregation has actually been increasing since the 1990s. And the segregation isn’t just racial; many racially segregated schools are also segregated by poverty, meaning many of these schools lack the resources necessary to provide a quality education.