Segregation of Latino Students Within Denver Schools an Ongoing Concern

“One way to look at the magnitude of racial isolation in DPS schools is to calculate how many students of each race would have to move to another school to achieve in every school the same racial composition as the district as a whole. The result: More than 57 percent of white students would have to move, 51 percent of Latinos, and 44 percent of black students.”

Is is sheer white privilege to assume that the issue of segregation is that kids of color don’t travel to better schools or that the solution is make them do so alone. DPS needs to represent all students in their care, and make white families integrate for the betterment of everyone.

Segregation of Latino Students Within Denver Schools an Ongoing Concern

By Alan Gottlieb on Oct 11, 2016 at 2:30 pm via Rocky Mountain PBS

Despite two decades of court-ordered busing and more recent, less coercive efforts to foster school integration, Denver Public Schools today is the most segregated school district in the metro area, an analysis of enrollment data conducted by I-News shows.

Busing from 1974 through 1995 in some ways accomplished what it set out to do — integrate black students, who had been deliberately isolated in separate schools by DPS for decades before a federal lawsuit put a stop to the practice.

But Latinos were largely left out of the equation in the Keyes vs. School District No. 1 desegregation case. And today, Latino students are arguably more segregated in predominantly Latino schools than black students were in the pre-Keyes days.