Segregation in Schools

Essay by DAbribat426University, Bachelor'sA, April 2005

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One of the biggest issues that urban and suburban school systems face today is the slow reappearance of segregated schools. The main problem with segregated schools is that, as a trend, urban schools tend to be on a substandard level as compared to most suburban schools. This may be due to their lack of money and how the money each school has is used. Urban schools do not have as many opportunities as suburban schools, like the use of new technologies, or going outside to play, or going on fieldtrips, due to the lack of money/resources and safety issues. Students that attend and graduate from suburban schools have more options than those attending and hoping to graduate from an inner city school. Dropping out of school is a greater issue in an inner city school than it is in a suburban school. Some urban students are able to be bused to suburban public schools, or leave the public school system to attend an independent or parochial school.

However, for the majority of students, the option of being bused to a better school does not exist, nor do the resources to attend suburban public, independent, or parochial schools. It seems that the public school system is having the same problems that manifested themselves decades ago. We are slowly, but surely, returning to segregated schools where the better schools and the better educational opportunities are in suburbia, and the better schools are being attended by mainly white students while urban schools are being attended by minority students. But what can the school system as a whole do to prevent complete resegregation?

Fifty years ago, Supreme Court Chief Justice, Earl Warren read the decision of the unanimous court:

"We come then to the questions presented: Does segregation of children in public schools solely...