NY Segregated Schools*Schools in New York are the most segregated in the country, according to a recent study conducted by the UCLA Civil Rights Group.

A newly released study measures integration (or lack thereof) as well as explores trends in enrollment and segregation patterns across the New York’s public school system on state, metropolitan and city levels from 1989 to 2010.

Despite the growing minority and poor populations in the state, a previous CRP report shows that race and class increasingly isolate public school students.

The study is result of more than 20 years of in-depth research by UCLA professionals, which reveal a high rate of increased diversity across New York amid a growing Latino and Asian population that has almost doubled since 1990, while the exposure of these groups to white students has decreased.

As a result of the changing demographics, a further racial inequality in schools across New York has given way to uneven distribution of black and white students in the state’s five boroughs: Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

The study notes New Yorks history of desegregation as desegregation efforts in schools eventually took a back seat during President Reagan’s administration to focus heavily on practices such as accountability systems, school choice and charter schools. The result was an ongoing racial imbalance.

New York City is, according to research, the home to the largest and one of the most segregated public school systems in the nation. Statistics show that across the 32 community school districts in the city, 19 had 10 or less percent white students in 2010.

For more details surrounding the study of New York’s segregated schools, click here.