Researchers like Orfield note that the nation’s public schools are more segregated today than they were in the late 1960s. According to Orfield, part of that backslide is due to rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court over the past two decades. That includes a landmark 2007 decision invalidating Seattle Public Schools’ voluntary desegregation plan which used race as a factor in school zoning decisions.
Many of the nation’s schools are segregated by ethnicity and poverty, and for some minority students — particularly the soaring Latino population — the segregation is also by language, Orfield said.
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