Redrawing more equitable school boundaries is low-hanging fruit for supporting school integration, better outcomes for students of color

The Racial Equity Analytics Lab (REAL) at the Urban Institute recently published a resource detailing policy options that can help dismantle racial segregation in public school districts. Racial segregation in public schools is enduring, and a large body of research finds that it contributes to poorer socioeconomic outcomes and constrains opportunity for children of color. Often school attendance boundaries were intentionally initially created as ‘racial borders’; redrawing these boundaries is low-hanging fruit. Second, as school-choice mechanisms become increasingly common, school districts can ensure their lottery systems set quotas that encourage diversity and reserve seats for lower-income students. Finally, school districts can work with neighboring districts and local governments to address desegregation on a larger scale. #education #racialequity

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