Are the Schools in Virginia Becoming More Racially and Economically Segregated?
Richmond Public Schools, where about 75 percent of the student body is black and nearly every child qualifies for free or reduced-price meals, had the highest number of isolated schools in Virginia, with 29. (The report defined an isolated school as one where more than 75 percent of the students are black or Hispanic and more than 75 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price meals, an indicator of poverty.)There are 56 schools under the Richmond City School District so it is not surprising that 29 of these schools are regarded as "isolated". The Washington Post also cites the northern Virginia counties:
But researchers also found isolated schools in affluent Northern Virginia districts. In 2014, Prince William County had 11 such schools, Fairfax County had five, and Arlington had two.The counties of Northern Virginia are home to more than 100,000 Hispanic students, that is more than half of the total number of Hispanic students in the entire state. Schools assigned to my neighborhood reflect this:
|Above graphs copied from Fairfax County Public Schools|
|Above copied from|
The CommonWealth Institute