re-segregation

Nashville Wrestles With Re-Segregation

Mar 1, 2013
Kindergarten students at Jones Paideia Magnet learn about the Civil Rights movement.
Southern Education Desk

In Nashville, public school officials are finding it a challenge to balance school improvement plans with a desire for racial diversity.


When And Why School Districts Re-segregate

Feb 28, 2013
Micky Zegaye (left) works with a tutor at Fugee Academy in Clarkston, GA.
Maura Walz / Southern Education Desk

Since the 1970s, federal court orders have governed how many Southern communities integrated their public schools. But new research shows, as those orders have been lifted, school districts are gradually re-segregating.


Angela Merritt, with daughters Gabby and Larasha, is working to reintegrate Tate County Schools.
Kristian Weatherspoon

In Coldwater, MS, the student body was divided after the construction of a new school. That has sparked debate over whether separate can be equal.


Pickens Academy Class of 2012
Dan Carsen / Southern Education Desk

The history of education in the South is woven to the history of race. When whites saw public-school integration coming, many started private schools, sometimes called "segregation academies" – and they still play a role.


Statues of the “Clinton 12″ look out over downtown Clinton, TN.
Christine Jessel / Southern Education Desk

Ever since the Supreme Court declared segregated schools unconstitutional in Brown-versus-Board-of-Education in 1954, the racial makeup of our schools has been in flux.

Forced integration made the South’s public schools some of the most integrated in the country. But now, here and across the nation, schools are re-segregating.

Some of the earliest desegregation efforts played out in  Clinton, TN.


Carving Up The Elephant: Resegregation In Louisiana

Feb 22, 2013
Students in a Baton Rouge public school.
Sue Lincoln / Southern Education Desk

It’s been nearly 60 years since the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, and the subsequent flurry of lawsuits forcing the desegregation of schools. Two recent studies—one from Stanford University, the other from UCLA—say that schools, particularly in the South, are becoming re-segregated after the lawsuits are settled. Louisiana’s East Baton Rouge Parish appears to be part of that pattern.