In Pennsylvania, public school enrollment is:
With fewer enrichment programs available in poor schools and minority students almost always under-represented in the classes that are available, Pennsylvania's White students get:
More than fifty years after Brown v. Board of Education promised equal educational opportunities for all children, the nation must confront a growing crisis of separate and unequal education. Millions of students are still not getting the basic education they need to survive and compete in the 21st century.
Pennsylvania is the 6th most segregated state for African Americans, with 48.1% of Black students in extremely segregated schools (those with a 90-100% minority student body).Pennsylvania is the 8th most segregated state for Hispanics, with 27.4% of Hispanic students in extremely segregated schools (those with a 90-100% minority student body).
A growing body of research documents the educational benefits for all students of racially and ethnically diverse schools. Segregated minority schools are much more likely to be in poor neighborhoods, have lower graduation rates and offer Pennsylvania's minority students far fewer opportunities to take the kinds of academic enrichment courses that prepare them for college.
Public high school graduation rates for class of 2005 are from Diplomas Count 2008: School to College, Education Week.
Segregation statistics are from Brown at 50: King's Dream or Plessy's Nightmare?, Gary Orfield and Chungmei Lee, Civil Rights Project at Harvard University.
Other state education statistics are from the U.S. Department of Education.